Foraging Southern California: 118 Nutritious, Tasty, and Abundant Foods

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Foraging Southern California: 118 Nutritious, Tasty, and Abundant Foods Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Adventure Publications, Incorporated Pages: 256 Illustrations and other contents: Color photos throughout; Illustrations, unspecified Language: English ISBN: 9781591939153 Categories: , , , , , ,

Your Field Guide to Foraging for Wild Edibles Foraging for food is an engaging and beneficial pastime that anyone can enjoy. It inspires connections to the land while improving your health. Plus, many target plants for foragers are non-native, so the activity can support-if not improve-biological diversity and ecological well-being. Foraging Southern California introduces plentiful and delicious varieties of options, from berries and fruits to roots, seeds, and even tasty aquatic options, like kelp and crayfish. Expert forager Douglas Kent shares his vast knowledge in this handy guide that’s perfect for beginners and intermediates. Learn what to look for, as well as when and where to look. Key identification features, written instructions, and full-page photographs help you to comfortably and confidently know that you’re harvesting the right species. A compare section provides information on dangerous look-alikes, helping to ensure your foraging success and personal health. The “Top 10 Edibles” section provides a starting point for beginners, and species throughout the book are organized by harvestable quality, which quickly leads to the relevant information for your own foraging needs. Foraging must be done with knowledge and consideration. Foraging Southern California provides information that can benefit you and the environment. Grab the book, get outside, and enjoy nature’s bounty.

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"...even if you are not much of an explorer, but take an interest in plant lore generally, you will have a difficult time putting down this book until you have perused every page. It's a cornucopia of obscure information and unique insights regarding plants that are often familiar, that we thought we understood, but with which we are now-having read about them here-much more intimately acquainted. Moreover, gardeners will derive particular satisfaction, I think, when they learn that many of the weeds they have long regarded as irredeemable enemies turn out to be, as far as edibility is concerned, potential friends." -Joshua Siskin, MediaNews Group, Inc. (Long Beach Press Telegram, OC Register, Pasadena Star News, etc.)

Author Biography

Douglas Kent, MS, MLA, began eating weeds in 1979. His mentor and great aunt, Catherine Peck, was well versed in Depression-Era foods. As a naturalist for the Environmental Nature Center (Newport Beach, CA) in the late 1980s he developed a deep respect for native crafting, eating and living. Since then his love of foraging, gardening and California's landscapes have wildly grown. Doug has been working in and grazing California's gardens for over 40 years. He has worked on hundreds of landscapes projects throughout the state. He has two advanced degrees in ecological land management. He has volunteered to restoration and urban food efforts in numerous communities. He has taught some aspect of foraging and/or wildcrafting at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, since 2008. And Doug has written 6 other books on environmental horticulture. For some people foraging is about survival, to others it is about a spiritual connection with the land. To Doug, foraging is about everyday wellbeing and delight. He believes that California would be far healthier and resilient if we would embrace our nature and graze our impact and weeds.