Library of foraging resources

In the past, wild food knowledge was shared through stories and hands-on learning, passed down from one generation to the next. These days, though, books have become our go-to source for learning about wild food.

Reading is a fantastic resource for identifying wild food, especially if you’ve got a solid collection of books to cross-reference along with a reliable field guide. No single book has it all, so having multiple sources is a real game-changer.

Identifying plants and fungi in the wild can be tricky since they often look different from the idealised illustrations in books, and photos can sometimes be misleading. That’s why a bigger collection of resources boosts your confidence in making accurate identifications.

As a keen forager, I’ve put together a personal library of foraging books and resources that I use all the time and highly recommend. While these are my top picks, it’s by no means an exhaustive list!

Besides books, we now have access to a wealth of online resources for foraging. Blogs and social media groups are great for inspiration and connecting with fellow foragers. Just remember to cross-reference information and not rely on a single website or source.

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