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The Weeder's Digest: Identifying & enjoying edible weeds [Paperback]

Gail Harland
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Book Description

28 Jun 2012
'What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not been discovered.' Ralph Waldo Emerson This book is a practical and attractive guide to identifying and using the many edible varieties of weed. It will appeal to gardeners, botanists and horticulturalists, as well as to anyone with an interest in controlling weeds in eco-friendly ways. Weeds - may be beneficial to wildlife - can be good for the soil helping the accumulation of trace elements and acting as hosts for mycorrhizal funghi - are interesting and unusual ingredients in the kitchen, as well as having a range of other uses. The main part of the book provides full details of over 45 species, with advice on how to identify them and use them in the kitchen, including recipe suggestions, as well as tips for non-culinary uses. It includes both the more common weeds, such as nettles, dandelions, chickweed and ground elder, and the less common, such as brooklime and pineappleweed. The directory covers both native and non-native species, including some troublesome invasives. Advice is also given on avoiding plants that are harmful if eaten. With The Weeder's Digest on your bookshelf you can put your weeds to use and need not curse their presence any longer. Whether it s making soup or jam, dyeing fabric or making paper, it s all here. Includes colour photographs throughout.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Green Books (28 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900322994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900322997
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 16.5 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A delightful read, well organised, informative and easy to use ... highly recommended. --Fergus Drennan, professional forager and writer

About the Author

The Author: Gail Harland has a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and was a State Registered Dietitian for over 10 years. She is a freelance writer and photographer with a regular poultry column in The Cage and Aviary Birds magazine, and is author of Photographing your Garden and Grow It Yourself and co-author of The Tomato Book.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Deborah
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I design Herbal, physic & all types of Medicinal gardens using dandelions and nettles - what some would consider weeds (unwanted plants). I regard these as valued herbs with great benefits nutritionaly and medicinally. This book has lots of interesting plants with great benefits to offer. I like the way it is written with stories associated to the plants, it is now a valued part of my collection to create my
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4.0 out of 5 stars a real inspiration 5 Sep 2012
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I've always considered wild plants to be a wasted resource - after all, our ancestors would have looked upon a wild flower meadow as a medicine chest - now I'm mustering up the confidence to go foraging for food. A nice book with a helpful identification guide for each species as well as history, folklore and recipes
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1.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR KINDLE 12 Mar 2014
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It is not my fault if amazon does not offer the means to review the kindle version of books as opposed to the books themselves. To warn prosspective buyers of the kindle version: I would not bother if i was you as the table of contents is useless in that it lumps all plants under one entry 'A bouquet of weeds'. The index is not directly linked to the contenst it refers either so the riches this book might contain are well hidden and out of your reach.
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