Friday, February 8, 2013

Review: Backyard Foraging 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat by Ellen Zachos

You don't need to trek into the forest to forage edible plants. Ideal for first-time foragers, this book features 70 edible weeds, flowers, mushrooms, and ornamental plants typically found in urban or suburban neighborhoods. You'll be amazed by how many of the plants you see each day are actually nutritious edibles. Full-color photographs make identification easy, and tips on where certain plants are likely to be found, how to avoid pollution and pesticides, and how to recognize the plants you should NEVER harvest make foraging as safe and simple as stepping into your own backyard.
For people like me who aren't particularly good at identifying plants, this book might be a very valuable resource for you.

In Backyard Foraging, you learn about a number of common or easy-to-find/grow plants which can provide you with sustenance on an ordinary day or when you run out of food. There are also tips for foraging and preparing your foraged food.

It features only around 70 plants, but for each of these plants, you get important information such as its scientific name, when it's in season, what type of plant it is, which parts are edible, how to harvest it, and how to eat it. You can even learn how to grow some of the plants in your garden. There are also plenty of pictures to help you identify the plant in real life.

The language used in the book is easy-to-understand and the information contained are all very helpful. Another big plus for the book is its colorful and beautiful layout that makes reading the book less boring.

Thanks to NetGalley and Storey Publishing, LLC for the e-ARC. Publication date of Backyard Foraging is on March 6, 2013.


  1. It's very comprehensive.
  2. The layout and design makes reading more pleasurable.
  3. The content of this book is very useful.


  1. Some of the plants in this book might not be available in your location.

The first rule of foraging is never, ever, eat anything you're not 100 percent sure of.

  1. You want a more sustainable lifestyle and/or food source.
  2. You're a prepper.
  3. You're interested in learning more about the edible plants in your neighborhood.




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