Timber Wolf, Lake Superior, Ontario

A lone timber wolf greets
paddlers along the north shore
of Lake Superior, Canada
(Photo by Michael Neiger)


Acorns probably rated
the top position
on the long list
of edible
wild vegetation
depended upon
by the Indians,
acorn soup
or mush being
the chief daily food
of more than
three-fourths of
the native Californians.
  -- Bradford Angier
  Field Guide to
  Edible Wild Plants,

The Rucksack Masthead
By Michael A. Neiger, Marquette, Michigan
Wilderness tripper: backpacking, winter camping, swift-water canoeing
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Bush skills

By Michael A. Neiger
Copyright 2001

Last updated on October 13, 2004

Blueberry Plant
Highbush Blueberry
(Painting by Mary Powell)

Contents of page

   Edible wild plants
   Poisonous wild plants

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Edible and Harmful Plants

Edible Flower Recipies

The Gatherer--Plant Use Multiple Database Search Engine


Plants For A Future--Database Search

Plants for a Future--7000 Useful Plants

Poisonous Plant Database (Plant List)
by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Safe Plants (and poisonous)
by the University of California

Survival Use of Plants--Edibility

Useful Wild Plants of the United States and Canada
by Charles Francis Saunders


Backpacker's Recipe Book--How to Use the Ingredients from Nature's Kitchen, by Richard W. Unger (Family Books and Novelties, 1986)

Basic Essentials of Edible Wild Plants and Useful Herbs, second edition, by Meuninck (Globe Pequot Press, 1999)

Billy Joe Tatum's Wild Foods Cookbook and Field Guide, by Billy Joe Tatum (Workman Publishing, Co., 1976)

Eat the Weeds, by Ben C. Harris (Barre Publishers, 1968)

Edible and Useful Plants of the United States, by Charles F. Saunders (Dover Publications)

Edible Native Plants of the Rocky Mountains, by H. D. Harrington (University of New Mexico Press, 1967)

Edible Wild Plants--A North American Field Guide, by Thomas S. Elias and Peter A. Dykeman (Sterling Publishing Co., Inc)

Edible Wild Plants and Useful Herbs--The Basic Essentials, by Jim Meuninck (ICS Books, 2001)

Edible Wild Plants of Eastern North America, revised, by Merritt L. Fernald and Alfred C. Kinsey (Harper and Row, 1958)

Edible Wild, by Berndt Berglund and Clare E. Bolsby (Pagurian Press, 1971)

Feasting Free on Wild Edibles, by Bradford Angier

Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants, by Bradford Angier (Stackpole Books, 1974)

Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants--Eastern and Central North America, by Lee Allan Peterson (Houghton Mifflin, Co., 1977)

Field Guide to Medicinal Wild Plants, by Bradford Angier (Stackpole Books, 1978)

Field Guide to Venomous Animals and Poisonous Plants, by Steven Foster (Houghton Mifflin, 1994)

Foraging Gourmet, ninth edition, by Lyle (Lyons Press, 1997)

Free for the Eating, by Bradford Angier

God's Free Harvest--Successful Harvesting of Nature's Free Wild Foods and Wild Edibles for Your Survival and Y2K, by Ken Larson (Rhema Publishing, 1997)

Great Lakes Berry Book, by Krumm (Falcon Press, 1997)

Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants, by Nyerges

Handbook of Edible Wild Plants and Weeds--Using Fruit, Nuts, Seeds, Flowers, Buds, and Other Parts From Plants That Grow Nearby, But Outside the Garden as Wilds and Weeds, by Fern J. Ritchie and Ralph J. Ritchie (Ritchie Unlimited Publications, 2001)

How Indians Use Wild Plants for Food, Medicine, and Crafts (formerly entitled: Uses of Plants by the Chippewa Indians), by Frances Densmore (Dover Publications, 1974)

Man Eating Bugs--The Art of Eating Insects, by Peter Menzel and Faith Daluisio (Ten Speed Press, 1998)

More Free-for-the-Eating Wild Foods, by Bradford Angier

Mushrooms Demystified, by David Arora (Ten Speed Press)

Natural World Cookbook--Complete Gourmet Meals from Wild Edibles, by Joe Freitus (Stone Wall Press)

Naturalist's Guide to Cooking with Wild Plants, by Connie Krochmal and Arnold Krockmal (Quadrangle, 1974)

Stalking the Blue-eyed Scallop, by Euell Gibbons (David McKay, Co., 1964)

Stalking the Healthful Herbs, by Euell Gibbons (David McKay, Co., 1966)

Stalking the Wild Asparagus, by Euell Gibbons (David McKay, Co., 1962)

Survival FM 21-76, by the U.S. Army (U.S. Government Printing Office, 1986)

Tom Brown's Field Guide: Wild Edible/Medicinal Plant, by Tom Brown

Useful Wild Plants of the United States and Canada, by Charles Francis Saunders (1920)

Wild Edible Plants of the Western United States, by Donald R. Kirk (Naturegraph Publishers, 1970)

Wild Food Primer--Your Guide to Learning About and Using Edible Wild Plants and Other Forageables, by John N. Kallas (Wild Food Adventures)

Wild Foods Field Guide and Cookbook, second edition, by Billy J. Tatum (Workman, 1985)

Wild Gourmet, by Babette Brackett and Maryann Lash (David R. Godine, 1975)

Wild Preserves--Illustrated Recipies for Over 100 Natural Jams and Jellies, by Joe Freitus (Stone Wall Press)




See Edible Wild Plants section above



Deadly Harvest--A Guide to Common Poisonous Plants, by John M. Kingsbury (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1965)

Human Poisoning from Native and Cultivated Plants, 2nd edition, by James W. Hardin and Jay M. Arena (Duke University Press, 1974)

Poisonous Plant Contamination of Edible Plants, by Abdel-Fattah M. Rizk (CRC Press, 1990)

Poisonous Plants of the United States and Canada, by John M. Kingsbury (Prentice-Hall, 1964)


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