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The Wild Wisdom of Weeds - 13 essential plants for human survival by Katrina Blair  RSS feed

 
Burra Maluca
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The Wild Wisdom of Weeds
 
Thekla McDaniels
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I give this book 7 out of 10 acorns.
Photos of the plants, recipes for their preparation, edible and medicinal uses I give 9. I don't think you'll get the wrong plant with the information provided. And (per the author) the plants catalogued occur near human habitation on all continents.

The author walks through the wilds from Durango Colorado to Telluride Colorado, taking several days, and eating only what she finds along the way. If you are unfamiliar with the geography of that particular terrain, just take a deep breath and know this is no small physical feat, there is some adventure, some walking the talk, by a woman with phenomenal competence and self reliance.

The rest of the book, I give 4. The book needed to be edited for language use and for accurate use of botanical terms.
 
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I give this book a 9 out of 10 acorns.  The poems are goofy, but the information is really useful.

This is where I learned that thistles are delicious, and how to get the yum out of Canada Thistle.  (Cut it with thick leather gloves, whir in the blender with water, then pour through a strainer.  You will get the most delicious, slightly sweet green juice!  It is an excellent base for a smoothie - I freeze it in ice cube trays.)  So, this book had me HAPPY to see big thistle plants showing up in my garden.  I would just cut them at the base, and recut them when they came back.

There is so much food all around us and we don't even know.  Most people have tried dandelions, think "Ack!  Too bitter!" and then give up on weeds.  Check out this book, you will learn a lot.
 
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