The lush Pacific Northwest coast is home to a multitude of edible and medicinal flora, from marine plants to be harvested in tide pools to edible mushrooms ready to be gleaned from the forest floor. This compact, full-color forager's guide offers clear photography, descriptions, safety tips, and traditional culinary and medicinal uses for wild-growing native and introduced species in the region, including:
- Big leaf maple--the source of a delicious West Coast maple syrup
- Yellow morel mushrooms--a favorite of foragers, but not to be confused with the poisonous false morel
- Sea asparagus--perfect in salad or with seafood
- Evening primrose--an introduced species used to treat a variety of ailments
Practical and user-friendly, Edible and Medicinal Flora of the West Coast is an indispensable guide for beginning and experienced foragers alike.
Collin Varner is an arboriculturist and horticulturalist at the University of British Columbia and author of The Flora and Fauna of the Pacific Northwest Coast.