I welcome the way plant and fungi ID apps can bring the pleasures of foraging to a wider audience, but there is a danger that some users place too much faith in them at the cost of developing their own skills and relationships with plants and fungi, and the ecosystems of which they are part.
The want of a decent guidebook can be all that stands between the novice forager and a great meal or a trip to the hospital – or worse. Here I give some general advice on finding the right foraging guidebook…
Some of the best fungi guides aren’t especially interested in wild food – in fact some have no information on edibility at all. Hopefully these brief reviews will help you select the best guide(s) for you.
Brief reviews of some of the general foraging books (covering plants, fungi and possibly more in one volume) in my collection with guidance on their relative strengths and weaknesses.
Reviews of plant foraging guidebooks