Saturday, 13 February 2016

Edible Plants of Newfoundland and Labrador

Book Review

We're just starting to plan our June trip. We are pretty excited, this year we'll visit Labrador for the first time. We'll have lots of new information to add to the website and the blog.

One thing we like to do in the winter to get ready for the trip is to order in some books. This blog is a short review on the field guide "Edible Plants of Newfoundland and Labrador" by Peter J. Scott, published by Boulder Publications.

The book covers by my count 64 edible plants. They are organized by where you will find them; heaths, forest floor, peatlands, seaside, banks and shores, disturbed areas.

The book contains beautiful full page photographs. For some plants such as the dogberry shown above, they also have a small inset photo to show what it looks like while in flower. For berries, they'll tell you when they are ripe and what you can do with them in the kitchen.

You could actually use this book if you wanted to forage for a meal. That probably won't be happening for Linda and I. We like to hike and it's just nice to be able to identify different plants. When we see berries, beyond blueberries and raspberries, we are never sure if you can take a nibble. We usually don't carry books on the hike, but you can always take a photo and than identify the plant when you get back to the trailer at night.

The book has an illustrated glossary for some of the terms used in the descriptions. This will be useful, I've forgotten most of my high school biology.

If you are really keen and want to cook something up with your harvest, the book has a recipe section in the back.

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