Edible plants A photographic survey of the wild edible botanicals of North America

Jimmy W. Fike

Book - 2022

"Featuring over 100 photographs that Fike has selectively colorized to highlight the comestible part of the plant. While the images initially appear to be scientific illustrations or photograms from the dawn of photography when plants were placed directly on sensitized paper and exposed under the sun, a closer look reveals, according to Liesl Bradner of the Los Angeles Times, "haunting [and] eerily beautiful" photographs. Beyond instilling wonder, Fike's contemporary, place-b...ased approach to landscape photography emphasizes our relationship to the natural world, reveals food sources, and encourages environmental stewardship. His clever and beautiful method makes it easy to identify both the specimen and its edible parts and includes detailed descriptions about the plant's wider purposes as food and medicine. Sumptuously illustrated and delightfully informative, Edible Plants is the perfect gift for anyone curious about unlocking the secrets of native North American plants"--

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2nd Floor 581.632/Fike Due Jun 12, 2023
Bloomington, Indiana : Red Lightning Books [2022]
Physical Description
xvii, 227 pages : illustrations (color) ; 30 cm
Main Author
Jimmy W. Fike (author)
  • Agoseris
  • Amaranth
  • American lotus
  • American speedwell
  • Angelica
  • Arrowleaf balsamroot
  • Asparagus
  • Autumn olive
  • Ballhead waterleaf
  • Bedstraw
  • Bracken fern
  • Broadleaf plantain
  • Bugleweed
  • Burdock
  • California poppy
  • Canadian violet
  • Cattail
  • Chestnut oak
  • Chia
  • Chickweed
  • Chiming bells
  • Chokeberry
  • Clover
  • Cow parsnip
  • Curly dock
  • Dandelion
  • Desert hollygrape
  • Desert parsley
  • Desert trumpet
  • Eastern hemlock
  • Eastern white pine
  • Echinacea
  • Elderberry
  • False Solomon's seal
  • Field mint
  • Field pennycress
  • Filaree
  • Gill-over-the-ground
  • Ginkgo
  • Ginseng
  • Glacier lily
  • Gooseberry
  • Greenbrier
  • Ground cherry
  • Heal-all
  • Hedge mustard
  • Henbit
  • Hibiscus
  • Hoary mountain mint
  • Hooker's evening primrose
  • Horehound
  • Indian cucumber
  • Ithuriel's spear
  • Jojoba
  • Juniper
  • Kentucky coffee tree
  • Lemonade berry
  • Lemon balm
  • Licorice fern
  • London rocket
  • Man-of-the-earth
  • Manzanita
  • Marsh mallow
  • Marsh marigold
  • Mayapple
  • Mesquite
  • Miner's lettuce
  • Mock strawberry
  • Monkey flower
  • Nettle-leaf goosefoot
  • Oxeye daisy
  • Pale touch-,e-not
  • Palo verde
  • Pawpaw
  • Pickerelweed
  • Pineapple weed
  • Prickly lettuce
  • Purslane
  • Raspberry
  • Salmonberry
  • Sassafras
  • Sea beans
  • Sego lily
  • Sheep sorrel
  • Shisho
  • Shooting star
  • Silverweed
  • Skunk cabbage
  • Soap plant
  • Solomon's seal
  • Spicebush
  • Spring beauty
  • Stonecrop
  • Sumac
  • Sunflower
  • Swamp hedge nettle
  • Walnut
  • Wapato
  • Watercress
  • Water lily
  • Wild ginger
  • Wild oats
  • Wild oregano
  • Wild radish
  • Wild rhubarb
  • Wild rose
  • Wintergreen
  • Wolfberry
  • Wood nettle
  • Yampa
  • Yellow bells
  • Yellow wood sorrel
  • Yerba santa.
Review by Booklist Review

The photographs in this botanical survey are almost otherworldly. Fike offers over 100 edible plants, white on a solidly black background, with their edible parts gently colorized. Each plant's image is accompanied by concise notes with information on field description, common landscape, edible portions, medicinal uses, food preparation, and traditional use by Native Americans. The mountain dandelion flower is edible, and leaves may be used in salads and the roots roasted. As a medicinal herb, it is used to treat wounds and swelling, as well as for wart removal. Sea beans, also known as pickleweed, grow only in saltwater environments like coastal marshes, bays, and saltwater lakes. The stalks are the edible parts, best harvested young. They are high in calcium, iron, and vitamin A. Salty and crunchy when eaten raw, they are sometimes pickled. This is an unusual and exceptionally engaging survey of edible plants. Hungry food foragers will carry it in the woods, and the images are wonderfully suitable for coffee-table enjoyment. Edible Plants merits prominent display in any public library collection.

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.