Foraging California: Finding, Identifying, And Preparing Edible Wild Foods In California

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by Christopher Nyerges, 2019. Paperback, 272 pages.

From acorns, cactus, and yucca to mesquite, manzanita, and lamb’s quarter, Foraging California guides readers to the edible wild foods and healthful herbs of the Golden State. Organized by plant families, this book is an authoritative guide for nature lovers, outdoors enthusiasts, and gastronomes. This guide also includes:

  • Species ranging from herbs to trees
  • Forager notes and expert advice on identifying, preparing, freezing, drying, storing, and cooking wild edibles
  • Tools, techniques, and foraging etiquette
  • Recipes to prepare at home and on the trail

About the Author

Christopher Nyerges began his interest in ethnobotany, outdoor survival skills, and self-reliance at an early age. In school, he earned various degrees and certificates in science, ethnobotany, mycology, herbalism, and journalism. He began teaching about wild foods and survival skills in 1974, and has had thousands of students in the classroom and in field trips. His subsequent books have included Wild Greens and Salads, Urban Wilderness, How to Survive Anywhere, Foraging Edible Wild Plants of North America, and Urban Survival Guide. He is the editor of the latest version of Larry Dean Olsen's Outdoor Survival Skills and appears regularly in the Pasadena Star NewsLos Angeles Times, and American Survival Guide. He continues to teach and to write, and to work with youth groups to develop outdoor skills, through his School of Self Reliance in Los Angeles.