Rediscover Britain’s Forgotten Plant Heritage

Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants of Britain and Ireland covers forty eight wild plants.

I wrote this book to help you rediscover our forgotten plant heritage. To learn how to use wild plants as food and medicine. Knowledge that was once common to everyone.

It comes with a free downloadable PDF photo identification guide that includes multiple full-colour photographs of each plant to help make identification easy. 

What’s covered in the paperback

  • a historical summary of each plant
  • which parts of the plant to use as food
  • traditional and modern food uses
  • nutritional breakdown
  • traditional folk medicine uses
  • safety notes and contraindications

What’s covered in the free downloadable PDF photo guide

  • multiple full colour photos of each plant
  • common name
  • scientific name
  • family
  • botanical description
  • flowering time
  • habitat: where the plant is found
  • status: perennial, annual, biennial etc.,
  • whether it is native or non-native

Kind Words From Customers

“This book is an absolute eye-opener. It will enlighten any reader to consider wild plants with more respect for the role they have in our lives. Background history, what part is edible, flavour, how it can be prepared, medicinal uses and nutritional value as well as any cautions are given. The author is a respected, true educator in how to understand nature’s resources. Essential reading.” – Ms J Lucas

The book is wonderful! The medicinal and food uses are really useful – perfectly to the point. The combination of history and practical really appealed to me. I don’t need to read forever about something, I got the book because I wanted something to use here and now. It contains exactly the right amount of information for me.” – Helen N

A great book – straightforward useful information, and the free downloadable identification is really beautiful and full of four pics of each plant so you can be really clear about your ID. Highly recommended.” – S. Ravenscroft

“This is a brilliant little book. Absolutely stuffed with information about so many of our native plants, and how to use them in cooking and medicine. Fantastic for forest school too – if our children see the wider value in our natural environment they are much more likely to respect and care for it.” – Mrs. L. A. O’Sullivan

Very enjoyable to read. Entertaining as well as informative. A brilliant synopsis of what one would learn from a course on medical plants in the Botanical Gardens. Wish I had that book when I was taking that course in Edinburgh in 2009.” – E.C. Packha

About Robin Harford

Robin Harford is a plant forager, ethnobotanical researcher and wild food educator.

He established his wild food foraging school in 2008, and his foraging courses were recently voted #1 in the country by BBC Countryfile.

He is the creator of eatweeds.co.uk, which is listed in The Times Top 50 websites for food and drink.

Robin has travelled extensively documenting and recording the traditional and local uses of wild food plants in indigenous cultures, and his work has taken him to Africa, India, SE Asia, Europe and the USA.

He regularly appears on national and local radio and television. He has been recommended in BBC Good Food magazine, Sainsbury’s magazine as well as in The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph etc.