In a situation where survival is at stake, plants can provide crucial food and medicine. Their safe usage requires absolutely positive identification, knowing how to prepare them for eating, and a solid awareness of any dangerous properties they might have. Familiarity with the botanical structures of plants and information on where they grow will make them easier to locate and identify. THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO WILD EDIBLE PLANTS describes the physical characteristics, habitat and distribution, and edible parts of wild plants. With color photography throughout, this guide facilitates the identification of these plants. Originally intended for Army use, this book serves as a survival aid for civilians as well. Anyone interested in the outdoors, botany, or even in unusual sources of nutrition will find this an indispensable resource.
Department of the Army
Globe Pequot Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
although this book describes many many plants, it is very vague which is not good for a beginner. the book is very nicely organized and can be a very nice quick reference. for someone who already knows what they are doing this could be a 5 star book. but for me, i need the details such as descriptions of the poisonous look-alikes. that one bit of information is just as important as the description of the plant itself. a better book for beginners would be "the foragers harvest". that book describes less plants but with MUCH more detail. i love that book. but i am glad that i also have this book so i can identify any plant that comes along but if i had to choose one book id go with "the foragers harvest".
Not a drop of color was wasted on the pictures in this book. I must have missed the part in the description about ALL the pictures being in Black & White. The color cover is deceptive. I was Extremely disappointed. I guess I believed something for the "Department of the Army" would have more value. Too high expectations.
The book is constructed of just average materials for a glue bound paperback. They start Part 1 with "Their safe usage requires absolutely positive identification". Good luck with that. The descriptions of each plant and its usage is brief but of some value thus 2 instead of 1 star. The price, and if bundled with another order for the free shipping, is a redeeming feature.
I ran across this little guide looking specifically for edible plants in Arkansas, which I did not find. I chose it for several reasons: 1) Department of the Army, 2) good color pictures, 3) additional information, i.e. plant identification, edibility test and the 4) Poisonous plant section. I figure if it is good enough for the military, its good for me.
RECOMMEND to compliment a local, area or regional guide.
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