If you’re interested in foraging, “Wildman” Steve Brill’s WildEdibles App makes a great addition to your iPhone or Android App collection.
WildEdibles features 165 edible plants, 52 minor lookalikes, 719 images, and 162 recipes. The focus of the collection is on eastern North American species. Each entry features photos and drawings by “Wildman” Steve, and is broken down into three sections – “Finding,” “Identifying,” and “Using.” These three sections are further subdivided to provide information about the plant’s habitat, seasons, positive identification, confusing factors, poisonous parts or lookalikes (if there are any), nutrition, food and medicinal uses, and recipes.
The vegan recipes are what make WildEdibles particularly unique and practical. With recipes such as “Wild Brown Rice with Carrion Flower,” “Savory Chicory with Sweet Red Dal,” and “Currant Corn Bread,” “Wildman” Steve shows you just what to do with what you’ve harvested!
On March 3 at Central Park, “Wildman” Steve Brill inaugurated the 30th season of his foraging tours which were made world-famous in 1986 when he was arrested by undercover park rangers for eating a dandelion in Central Park! His fourth book, Foraging with Kids, and a Wild Vegan Recipe App, will both be published this spring.
WildEdibles is available for purchase for $7.99:
Please note! (from the WildEdibles App disclaimer): Wild poisonous plants sometimes resemble edible plants, and they often grow side by side. Additionally, some edible plants also have deadly parts. It is the responsibility of this app’s user to identify and use correctly the edible plants described in this book.
This information in this app about the medicinal uses of plants is for educational purposes only. It is not the intention of the author or developer for the reader to use these plants as a substitute for consultation with a licensed physician, or for treating illness.
Harvesting and using wild plants is not an acceptable activity for children, and should only be undertaken by children with the assistance of an adult expert.
The author and developer assume no responsibility for problems arising from the user’s misidentification, misuses, or use of wild plants.
For more information about “Wildman” Steve Brill, and to view his 2012 foraging tour schedule, please visit: http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/
Reviewed by Heather Gorn