Foraging for Edible Wild Plants: How to identify, cook and enjoy them (Paperback)

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Foraging for Edible Wild Plants is a practical and attractive guide to the many edible varieties of wild plant that grow all around us.  It will appeal to gardeners, botanists, cooks and foragers, and to anyone who wants to control invasive plants and weeds in eco-friendly ways.

Wild plants have many virtues. They are: 

  • Valuable for wildlife and beneficial insects.
  • Good for the soil – locking in nutrients
  • Helpful in the accumulation of trace elements in soil
  • Hosts for essential mycorrhizal fungi underground
  • Interesting and unusual ingredients in cooking


Foraging for Edible Wild Plants provides full details of over 50 edible species, with:


  • Illustrated notes on appearance and habitat
  • Valuable nutritional information
  • advice on how to cook them
  • numerous recipe suggestions for jams, cordials, pesto, salads and soups
  • fascinating historical facts
  • tips for non-culinary uses such as dyes from nettles and soap from soapwort
  • advice on controlling invasive species such as knotweed (eat them!)
  • identifying wild plants that are harmful if eaten
  • attractive colour photographs throughout. 

 Foraging for Edible Wild Plants covers both common plants, such as nettle, dandelion, chickweed and ground elder, and less common ones, such as brooklime and wintercress.

The author is a qualified dietician and horticulturalist, who puts her troublesome weeds to good use. Put Foraging for Edible Wild Plants on the bookshelf to do the same and welcome some new, plentiful edibles into the kitchen.

About the Author

Gail Harland has a BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics and is a practising dietitian. She also holds an RHS Diploma in Horticulture and is the author of several gardening books.

Praise For…

A delightful read, well organised, informative and easy to use, successfully filling the hungry gap between books on gardening and those on foraging with inspiring recipes, cooking tips and relevant words of caution for each plant profiled. A welcome and valuable addition to the library of any new or more experienced foragers, gardeners, cooks and weeders. Highly recommended.

- - Fergus Drennan, Forager

A very well written and enjoyable book. Gail Harland is quite obviously passionate about her subject and clearly lives it. Small tit bits such as how Himalayan balsam can be used as an Indian preserve known as gulqand, which literally means sweet flowers indicate she has really done her research.  This book would be a welcome addition to the shelf of any forager.

- - Dave Hamilton, author of The Self-Sufficientish Bible
Product Details
ISBN: 9780857845511
ISBN-10: 0857845519
Publisher: Green Books
Publication Date: May 1st, 2022
Pages: 192
Language: English