The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival


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By Katrina Blair
Trade paperback book
ISBN 9781603585163

Focusing on foraging and utilizing 13 edible wild plants–dandelion, mallow, purslane, plantain, thistle, amaranth, dock, mustard, grass, chickweed, clover, lambsquarter, and knotweed–the author teaches readers methods of preparation from root to seed, including sprouting, fermenting, drying, and cooking. Celebrating their uses both as food and medicine, her words point us to the “wild wisdom” of these plants. Along with her infectiously joyous prose, you will find over 100 unique recipes for processing and preparing these wisdom plants. Found all over the world, they are powerful succession plants, because they freely sow and self-propagate in a wide variety of conditions unacceptable to other species. This in turn makes them free and accessible to everyone—a gift from nature.

Praise for The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

“A much needed guide… Weeds are clearly more important than we had imagined.”

-Deborah Madison, author of Vegetables Literacy

“Wherever in the world you live, whether you’re a beginner or experienced forager, you’ll have lots of fun reading and using this book.”

-“Wildman” Steve Brill, naturalist and author of the foraging app Wild Edibles.

“One of those rare and important books that have the capacity to radically alter your view of a world you thought you knew well.”

-Ben Hewitt, author of The Town that Food Saved.

“A must-have for any beginner of serious forager.”

-Jennifer McCruther, author of The Nourished Kitchen

“A lively and passionate argument to change our attitude to weeds.”

-Martin Crawford, author of Creating a Forest Garden

“Katrina Blair expertly shows that before picking uo a hoe or spreading a single seed we can turn to our yards, fields, and forests for so many of the foods and medicines we need to live well. A gem, and will be foundational reading for anyone wanting to live close to the goodness of the Earth.”

-Ben Falk, author of The Resilient Farm and Homestead

“The perfect handbook for taking the journey back to better health, vitality, food security, and peace of mind… a fantastic resource, and I highly recommend it!”

-Matthew Stein, author of When Disaster Strikes and When Technology Fails

“This may be the most important book you will ever read.”

-Nomi Shannon,

“This book radiates with thorough research and first-hand knowledge of plants that matter.”

-Michael and Nancy Phillips, authors of The Herbalist’s Way and The Holistic Orchard

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Weight 2.00 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 1 in


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