Edible Wild Food: Edible of the Month is a digital subscription that highlights a particular wild plant that is edible, just like the name suggests. The website calls the books “a comprehensive examination of one wild edible.”
I was given a copy of the July edition to review here on Mom Prepares. All opinions are my own.
I was excited to receive a copy of this book because I love the idea for searching for wild foods to eat; and Karen Stephenson, the author, is also a contributor here at Mom Prepares. I love her articles here and all of the amazing free resources she has on ediblewildfood.com.
We also recommend Karen’s ebook Free Food from Foraging.
My first thought when I opened this book was, “I wish I was reading this on a tablet!” The “flip” style seems like it would be perfect for a mobile device.
Basic formatting was simple to use and easy to figure out, even on a computer interface. I was impressed with the detail in the book, as many e-book subscriptions I have seen are somewhat generic and don’t seem worth the money.
The book I received was the July subscription, which was all about pines. All I knew that you could eat from pines was pine nuts, so it was interesting to read about the other parts of the pine tree that are edible. There are dozens of pictures scattered throughout the book showcasing different photos of the parts of the tree that you can eat, which is helpful. I prefer real photographs to diagrams any day.
My only complaint with the concept is that, obviously, not everyone has the same sorts of wild plants around, so if you get a book about a plant not native to your area, it might be a little disappointing. However, even though I don’t have a source of wild pines near me, I still found the information useful and interesting! If you were really worried about it, you could purchase month-to-month and only buy editions containing plants local to your area.
My Favorite Parts
My favorite part of Edible Wild Food: Edible of the Month was the detail in the book. I didn’t expect to learn so much about ancient uses of the pine, medicinal uses, or a selection of recipes. I loved the recipe ideas, and I wished we had more pine trees around so I could try some of these!
Hear an interview with the author herself from our Mom Prepares podcast about Edible Wild Food.
Things You Will Find
I was impressed with the depth of Edible Wild Food. If you do enough research, you might be able to find all this information elsewhere online or at the library for free, but I love how it is all set out and right there for you, which makes me a lot more likely to remember all the facts!
Edible Wild Food: Edible of the Month covers topics like:
- Harvesting and preserving
- Identifying edible varieties
- History and facts about the plants
- Nutritional and medicinal information
You’ll also find amazing photos and tips for finding the best sources of the food and when to harvest them!
The Edible of the Month is a digital flipbook available in three subscription options:
- $7 per issue
- $30 for 6 months
- $36 for 12 months
Obviously, the 12 month subscription is the best deal, and if you are interested in edible wild food at all, I definitely recommend this subscription!