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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Weeds are everywhere. In The Best Edible Wild Plants in Britain by Amanda Scott, readers learn that some weeds are rather worthy plants and useful, too. Some are very tasty and/or have beneficial effects on your health. Even stinging nettles, the bane of so many gardeners, can apparently be turned into a delicacy if prepared the right way. (I still haven’t tried, I just hate that plant too much – but maybe eating it would be the perfect revenge?) If you would like to learn which plants that grow in Britain can safely be harvested and eaten/drunk (either raw in salads, cooked, or made into a tea), then this book will give you some vital information about a) where to find them, b) what they look like, and c) how you can or should enjoy them after picking them.
I read The Best Edible Wild Plants in Britain by Amanda Scott because I used to volunteer at an organic garden and learned how to find a few wild plants we could gather for free and then sell to restaurants and city dwellers. But that was only 3-4 different plants and years have passed since then. I’m now living in a more rural area and with so many plants around me, I was wondering which ones might be good to eat or drink. I knew about nettles, dandelions, wild garlic (such a delicious plant – I absolutely love it) and three-cornered leek (which for some reason isn’t mentioned in this book!), so I was curious to know more. I would say Amanda Scott’s book is great for people who are absolutely new to foraging.
The descriptions and colored photos of the actual plants as they occur in the “wild” make it easy to know what you’re looking for. So many foraging book have abstract paintings of the plants – that doesn’t help, does it? So it’s nice and helpful that Amanda Scott provides proper, “real life” photos. It really makes a huge difference for people who want to go out and actually collect those plants. If you want to start exploring the world of wild plants, then this is a very good guide: easy to understand, to the point and useful!