Our favorite foraging books include The Forager's Harvest and Nature's Garden by Samuel Thayer and Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places by "Wildman" Steve Brill. (In the New York City area, you can go foraging with the Wildman himself.) Check your local bookstore and library for guides specific to your region, too.
Many cities and regions have a native plant society, which may hold foraging walks and can direct you to local experts, books, and other resources. In addition, mycological societies often hold lectures and walks where you can learn about mushrooms in your area. We've also brought samples or sent photographs to mycologists and the local natural history museum to help confirm our finds.
How do you learn about foraging and identifying edible plants? Leave a comment!
Related: A Roundup Of Wild And Foraged Foods
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