We recommend the following websites and books if you like to read more about foraged foods (general interest)
Online Foraging Forums and Plant Identification Website:
- Name That Plant: http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/namegal/ On this forum you can ask for help with plant identification. Never eat plants you are not an absolute 100% sure of what they are.
- Foraging Texas: http://www.foragingtexas.com/ This is a great website to help you identify edible wild species. While this website discusses the foods found in the State of Texas, many species are also found in Ontario (for a start: see tables “what grows in Ontario” on our website)
- The forager’s field guide has all the basics on harvesting foods from the wild: http://theforagerpress.com/fieldguide/basics.htm
- This website provides various links to websites and information sources on foraging, largely U.S. based: www.foraging.com
- Traditional Plant Foods of Canadian Indigenous Peoples: Nutrition, Botany and use. By: Harriet V. Kuhnlein and Nancy J. Turner (1991). This book documents Canada’s Indigenous peoples’ knowledge about hundreds of different plant species and their uses. It includes technical information such a nutrient values and also describes how the foods are traditionally used in different indigenous cultures. The book has information on over 600 different plants, roots, leaves, nuts, syrups and berries growing in various parts of Canada. This book is accessible through the FAO, at: http://www.fao.org/wairdocs/other/ai215e/AI215E00.htm#Contents
- Native American Ethnobotany by Daniel Moerman (1998) covers over 4000 plant species used as food, medicine or otherwise by Native American communities.
- Want to know more about mushrooms? Start by reading David Arora, a mycologist and author of several field guides and articles about wild mushrooms. Mushrooms Demystified is an excellent book that covers over 2000 mushroom species and will be a useful reference guide for both beginning and more expert mushroom harvester. David Arora’s website will give you a list of his publications: http://www.davidarora.com/publications.html. If you like to learn more about the mushroom trade and how it is organized in other parts of the world: The way of the wild mushroom is a very intriguing read. It was published in: California Wild, 1999, Vol. 52: 4 and can be accessed here.
- Stalking the Healthful Herbs and Stalking the Wild Asparagus by Uell Gibbons can without doubt be considered ‘classics’.
- The Fungal Pharmacy: The Complete Guide to the Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America. By: Robert Rogers (2011). This book is an elaborate catalog documenting over 300 mushrooms and their historical and current uses, including their uses in homeopathy, Chinese medicine and in First Nation healing practices. It describes the medicinal benefits, the mushrooms chemical constituents, as well as different preparation methods and dosages of the mushrooms.
Foraging books with recipes:
- Edible Wild Fruits and Nuts of Canada. By: Nancy J. Turner and Adam F. Szezawinski (1979). Includes identification techniques for 35 different species, where to find the fruit and nut bearing trees and plants, how to fruits and nuts can be used as well as recipes.
- Wild Coffee and Tea Substitutes. By: Nancy J. Turner and Adam F. Szezawinski (1978). In this volume the authors discuss the harvest and preparation of plants, twigs, berries and flowers to make warm drinks as a substitute for coffees and teas. While very much written for an 1970 audience (when $0.50 for a cup of coffee was considered exorbitant), this book contains some very great suggestions for using that what grows all around us to get our daily coffee-or-tea-break fix. Brewing teas from Canada’s evergreens for example (twigs from arbor vitae, pine, larch, spruce, true fir, Douglas-fir and hemlock can be used) or how about sipping on a cup of roasted barnyard grass coffee?
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