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What you need to know about comfrey

August 23, 2017

As a reputable tissue- and wound-healer, comfrey is an important plant for the apothecary and first aid kit. Learn more about identifying and using the powerful properties of comfrey from Lisa M. Rose, author of Midwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 109 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness.

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Regional foraging: The taste of summer

May 9, 2017

Scroll to your region to discover the tasty summer flavors blooming in your area! For more foraging insights, check out our Timber Press Foraging Guides, perfect for newbies and experts who want to enjoy the abundance of wild foods in their region.

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Sustainable wildcrafting

April 4, 2017

To determine whether harvesting is appropriate and to ensure that the places where we harvest medicinal plants remain healthy and viable for many generations to come, I encourage you to gain as much understanding as possible of the intricate web of interrelations that keep ecosystems functioning in a healthy way.

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Midwest foraging: 3 common plants you didn’t know were edible

August 12, 2015

Learn to identify, harvest, and prepare these common plants with the help of Midwest Foraging author Lisa M. Rose. So many of us are seeking a connection to the land and to each other. Foraging, local foods, and community gardening connect us in a deeper way to the world around us. That need for escape […]

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Foraging in the Southeast: 3 invasive plants that make for good eating

May 22, 2015

Become an invasivore and eat your way to a healthier planet with help from the author of Southeast Foraging. I often get asked, Why do you forage? I forage because I love how rich and diverse nature is in the South and I love food. Foraging leads you to delicious, nutritious wild foods, is sustainable, […]

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Foraging for mushrooms? Here’s how to avoid becoming a poisoning statistic

November 7, 2014

Guidelines to help you avoid the dark side of mushrooming from the authors of Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest. Ask most Americans or Canadians what proportion of mushrooms are poisonous and likely they will say it is high. This leads to the common perception that eating wild mushrooms is a risky business on par with […]

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California Foraging: 3 species you didn’t know were edible

October 2, 2014

Rediscover these common plants with help from California Foraging author Judith Larner Lowry. One foggy summer day near the coast, I discovered an unexpected treasure trove of California hazelnut bushes. They were loaded with sweet, mild nuts that were ripe and ready to eat. I found a comfortable place to sit, a rock to crack […]

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Foraging in the Northeast: 3 invasive plants that make for good eating (and a healthier planet)

August 27, 2014

Become an invasivore and eat your way to a healthier planet with help from Northeast Foraging. Some plants are takeover artists. Often these are introduced, so-called alien species that spread so prolifically they can crowd out native plants. Some of them, such as mugwort, are allelopathic, meaning that they exude substances that can suppress the […]

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Field trip! or Why is it raining in the office?

July 2, 2014

In the spirit of experiential learning, a few of us from the Timber Press office headed out to Trillium Lake for an afternoon of foraging and bird-watching. Beside proper rain gear, we brought along several copies of Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Northwest Foraging. Do you sense a theme? That’s right, fun! […]

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Foraging in the Pacific Northwest, season by season

June 18, 2014

Pacific Northwest Foraging author Douglas Deur outlines a year of foraging Each year, the natural landscape and the plants within it go through cycles of awakening and dormancy that inevitably guide the food harvest. The exact timing of these cycles varies between elevations and latitudes, with most seasonal changes occurring later, and in more compressed […]

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