Edibles – Identifying Edible Plants

Q: Where do I go for a good book describing edible outdoor plants?

A: Native plant expert Shannon Pable (shannonpable.com) suggests taking some wild edible classes first. That way you’ll have an experienced professional identify plants for you and point out those that are most commonly used for food and medicine. Mark Warren (medicinebow.net) holds weekend classes in Dahlonega. Patricia Howell (wildhealingherbs.com), is an herbalist and holds edible and medicinal plant classes in Rabun County. After you take a class or two, you will better understand what reading materials and reference guides fit your needs.

For books, try “Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide”, “Botany in a Day” by Thomas Elpel, “Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants” by Steve Brill, “Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians” by Patricia Howell, and “Mountain Medicine” by Darryl Patton. Always be 100% positive on identification before you ingest any plants!