Foraging Kentucky Book

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Official release date: April 2nd, 2024

Foraging Kentucky:

An Introduction to the Edible Plants, Fungi, and Tree Crops of the Southeast

With rich soils, thousands of creeks, and thirteen major river basins, the state of Kentucky is abundant with wild edibles that not only are delicious but also can be useful for medicinal purposes. Various species of wildflowers such as spring beauty, edible fungi like chanterelles, and tree crops such as hickory nuts may be foraged and pickled, steamed, candied, or stir-fried to create an enticing, healthy, and substantial meal.

Foraging Kentucky is an expansive beginners' guide to safely and ethically foraging in the state. The species covered in the book are divided into three categories: herbaceous plants, fungi, and woody plants. Author, forager, and environmental educator George Barnett shares his extensive knowledge on the proper identification of the featured species, where and when they grow, and how to harvest and prepare them for consumption. Complete with high-definition color photographs, recipes, and short history lessons, this guide is chock-full of crucial information for readers who want to forge an enlightening relationship with the delectable foods naturally available in Kentucky's great outdoors.


Disclaimers: Harvesting & Consuming Wild Foods Safely
Wild Mushroom Preservation Techniques

1. Part One: Herbaceous Plants
Spring Beauty / Claytonia virginica
Chickweed / Stellaria spp.
Wild lettuce / Lactuca spp.
Violet / Viola spp.
Aniseroot / Osmorhiza longistylis
Wild Hyacinth / Camassia scilloides
Wood Nettle / Laportea canadensis
Wild/Field Garlic / Allium vineale
Common Dittany / Cunila origanoides
Toothwort / Cardamine spp.
Garlic Mustard / Alliaria petiolata
Tawny Daylily / Hemerocallis fulva
Wood Sorrel / Oxalis spp.
Wild Bergamot / Monarda fistulosa
Wintergreen / Gaultheria procumbens

2. Part Two: Mushrooms
Morel / Morchella spp.
Turkey Tail / Trametes versicolor
Chanterelle / Cantharellus spp.
Puffballs / Lycoperdon spp.
Oyster / Pluerotus spp.
Eastern Hemlock Reishi / Ganoderma tsugae
Black Trumpet / Craterellus fallax
Chicken of the Woods / Laetiporus spp.
Wood Ear / Auricularia fuscosuccinea
Indigo Milkcap / Lactarius indigo
Hen of the Woods / Grifola frondosa
Lion's Mane / Hericium spp.

3. Part Three: Woody Plants
Eastern Black Walnut / Juglans nigra
Hickory / Carya spp.
American Beech / Fagus grandifolia
Sassafras / Sassafras albidum
American Persimmon / Diospyros virginiana
Hackberry / Celtis spp.
Eastern White Pine / Pinus strobus
Serviceberry / Amelanchier spp.
Elderberry / Sambucus spp.
Black Locust / Robinia pseudoacacia
Eastern Redbud / Cercis canadensis
Autumn Olive / Elaeagnus umbellata
Eastern Red Cedar (Juniper) / Juniperus virginiana
Pawpaw / Asimina triloba
Blueberry & Black Huckleberry / Vaccinium spp. & Gaylussacia baccata
Black Raspberry / Rubus occidentalis
Wineberry / Rubus phoenicolasius
Mulberry / Morus spp.
Oak / Quercus spp.
Afterword: Become a mycorrhizal species
Recommended Reading


320 Pages

Written by The Hungry Forager’s George Barnett

Published by The University Press of Kentucky