The Foraging Companion
The Foraging Companion is a feature-laden guide for common wild and naturalised edible plants of temperate North America, and Britain and temperate Europe (there is a guide for each of those two areas, to suit your needs).
Whether you forage on a leisurely weekend walk, want to know about that weed in the garden, or want to prepare for a potential survival situation, this guide is one of the handiest reference guides on foraging. It is designed for quick access to all the essential information you want at your fingertips, no more wading through long text to find the facts you are looking for.
This unique guide packs a lot of information into a small space:
- list of over 300 plants with basic information on edible parts (with icons and colour coding for quick reference), how to consume, and caution notes
- detailed profiles of about 50 plants with guide to identification, culinary, medicinal and other uses - most are illustrated
- month by month list to availability of those plants featured in detail
- stay safe with caution notes including warning features to look out for
- a small herbal section with examples of wild plants, which may be used for home treatment or first aid in the wild
- glossary of medicinal terms
- general information on plant parts, collecting and preparation, including a way to extract protein from grass and other leaves (indispensable for extreme survival situations)
- color-coded icons for quick reference
- find plants by English or botanical name
- no internet connection needed (after you download the guide, and with the exception of a few links to useful articles)
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For whom is this guide?
- gardeners who want to know if that weed has some other use or prefer to let nature do the gardening
- hikers and travellers who want to ensure a food supply if they get lost in remote country, or simply to cut down on the weight of carried food
- campers who wish to 'live off the land'
- those who like food for free
- health conscious people who wish to add variety to their diet and get that extra goodness from some wild plants
- survivalists and other concerned individuals who wish to be prepared for any potential food scarcity - peak oil, economic crash, rationing, famine, global warming, natural disasters and many other potential threats
- walkers who would like to have that extra 'purpose' when out on a Sunday stroll
- anyone with an interest in wild plants or ethno botany
- teachers, to use as educational aid
- environmentalists who wish to reduce food miles, energy and chemical input that goes with agriculture, packaging and transporting
- anyone who wants relevant information about foraging at their fingertips and in a compact and convenient format
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What is the difference between the N. American and the UK version?
There isn't a lot of difference, as most of the plants included grow throughout most of the temperate northern hemisphere.
Common names of plants vary, so each guide is written with the appropriate names for those countries. The American guide has distribution maps, as distribution of plants can differ widely on such a large continent.
See what the guide is like
Check out the browser demo to get an idea of what the guide looks and feels like, and what it contains. The demo is of the European version.
Click or tap on the images to see the full-sized version and use your browser back-button to return to this page.
Temperate North America
Introduction Price US $2.99
Britain and Temperate Europe
Introduction Price GB £1.99
The information in the guide is given in good faith, but is not complete. Consumption of plants is at the reader's own risk and discretion.
Some guidance may reduce the risk of starvation in a survival situation, but it is best to err on the safe side when other food is available.
The photographs in the guide are intended as a guide only, and should not be relied upon for identification, which should always be done with a good field guide.
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