Pacific Northwest Foraging

Pacific Northwest Foraging

120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles From Alaska Blueberries to Wild Hazelnuts

Book - 2014
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The Pacific Northwest is a veritable feast for foragers. The forests, meadows, streambanks, and even the weedy margins of neighborhoods are home to a surprising number of delicious wild edible plants. Douglas Deur, a lifetime Northwest forager, shares his insights and experiences, showing you what to look for, when and where to look, and how to gather in a responsible way. Pacific Northwest Foraging is a hardworking guide packed with detailed information and clear photography for the safe identification of more than 120 wild plants. It also features a seasonal guide for foraging year-round and collecting tips for sustainable harvesting. It is applicable to Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and southeast Alaska.
Publisher: Portland, Oregon :, Timber Press, Inc.,, 2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781604693522
Characteristics: 290 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm


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Jul 13, 2017

Of all the wild foraging books I have attempted to use in my lifetime, this one was by far the most comprehensive for the Oregon-Washington area, as well as the easiest to use. I plan to buy it when I get the chance.

Oct 21, 2014

This useful, well-illustrated book is a great source for foraging from the wild in the Pacific Northwest. The introductory section lists wild edibles season by season. I view these edibles as complementary to my fenced garden. My go-to gardening books are the Sunset: Western Garden Book and Western Garden Book of Edibles. Our lot and neighbourhood has quite a range of habitats and I subscribe to concept of encouraging productive native trees and shrubs and eliminating those nasty invasives.

Another good reference is Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples by Turner, Nancy J.. But I think that the organization of Douglas Deur's new book is better suited for harvesting as it describes each well photographed food plant with the subheadings of: How to identify, Where and when to gather, How to gather, How to eat, Future harvest, and finally Warnings.

I have had considerable success in encouraging evergreen huckleberry, yerba buena, and serviceberry. I am going to have a go at harvesting seaweed, stonecrop and pickleweed and some of the ferns from the wild. I really like the idea of using native plants for landscaping and might as well use edible ones like Indian plum, high-bush cranberry and soapberry. I will probably have to protect them from the DEER until they are well established! tfc

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