Aimed at tree lovers of all ages, this beautifully illustrated handbook is the first guide to foraging specifically from trees, looking at all the incredible things we can get and make from them, from food and remedies to toys, whistles and ink.
Foraging is one of the fastest-growing nature-related pastimes in the UK and the US. There are many books about foraging but this is the only one that focuses on what is arguably everyone's favourite plant – trees! It profiles 40 incredible trees from the UK and US – from apple, ash and bay to walnut, willow and yew, gorgeously illustrated with watercolour, pen and ink botanical illustrations. In her humorous, inspiring and warm text, Adele explains how we can forage from our trees, not only for food but also for remedies and for the materials to make toys, musical instruments and other useful things.
Did you know that you can grind acorns into flour to make pancakes, for example, or use oak galls for ink? Or that willow can be used for weaving; ash, hazel and oak are all good for making charcoal. Packed full of recipes and things to do, there is also a sprinkling of folklore and superstition, as well as helpful recognition tips. Overall it traces the fascinating story of the intimate relationship between humankind and our trees.
Adele Nozedar is an author, a food writer and a passionate forager. Her books include Foraging with Kids, The Hedgerow Handbook, and The Garden Forager. A keen forager, Adele has led walks in most parts of the UK as well as in Spain, Italy, Greece and India. She is the founder of Brecon Beacons Foraging, which offers regular foraging courses designed to scintillate the senses and help us find the edible plants that are all around us.
"From apple to yew and 38 other trees in between, Adele takes you not just on a foraging journey but also a tour through the beauty, wildlife, folklore and medicinal uses of her chosen trees [...] I would encourage anyone to buy this book or send as a gift – it really is a joy."
– The Herb Society
"The Tree Forager is a delightful read and a fine choice for public and school libraries."
– Art Lichtenstein, Booklist
"The Tree Forager is a revelation!"
– Mark Moore, S'Express
"I love it! A veritable voyage of discovery!"
– Dick O'Dell, manager, Bat for Lashes
"We can't wait to get our mitts in this book"
– The Den Kit Co