Rediscover Britain’s Forgotten Plant Heritage and Discover the True Taste of Britain

A #1 bestseller on Amazon, with over 1000 5-star ratings.

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.

For over fifteen years I have experimented and explored the world of wild plants. Uncovering how our ancestors used plants to nourish and heal themselves.

I’ve spent countless hours digging through scientific papers and reading hundreds of books.

I’ve even gone so far as to be nomadic for over a year.

During this time I followed the seasons and plants around the highways and byways of these isles.


I want my work to be as accessible to as many people as possible. In order to keep costs down, there are no photos or images in the paperback. 

Instead, when you pick up a copy of the paperback edition. I also give you a free copy of the full-colour PDF ebook edition. This normally sells for £9.99.

Download it to your mobile device. No need for wifi or data signal when out and about.

Here are some example screenshots of Curly Dock. Just one of the forty-eight plants I cover.

A great book – straightforward useful information. Really beautiful and full of four pics of each plant so you can be really clear about your ID. Highly recommended. – S. Ravenscroft

Which Plants Are Included?

Although there are hundreds of wild edible plants to choose from, I focus on the top forty-eight.

The ones you most likely know already by sight, even though you might not know their names or uses.

Alexanders, Black Mustard, Bramble (Blackberry), Brooklime, Burdock, Charlock, Chickweed, Chicory, Cleavers (Goosegrass), Common Glasswort (Samphire), Common Mallow, Common Sorrel, Cow Parsley, Cuckooflower (Lady’s Smock), Curly Dock, Daisy, Dandelion, Fat-hen, Garlic Mustard, Ground Elder, Ground Ivy, Himalayan Balsam, Hogweed, Horseradish, Lesser Celandine, Meadowsweet, Mugwort, Navelwort, Pennywort, Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage, Oxeye Daisy, Primrose, Red Clover, Ribwort Plantain, Rosebay Willowherb (Fireweed), Scurvygrass, Sea Aster, Sea Beet, Sea Purslane, Selfheal, Smooth Sowthistle, Stinging Nettle, Sweet Violet, Three-cornered Garlic (Three-cornered Leek), White Dead-Nettle, Wild Angelica, Wild Garlic (Ramsons), Wood Avens (Herb Bennet) and Yarrow.

What People Are Saying

More 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. The author is a respected, true educator in understanding 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

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. Packham

About Robin Harford

Robin Harford is a plant forager, ethnobotanical researcher and wild food educator. He is the author of numerous foraging guide books.

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

Robin is the creator of, which is listed in The Times Top 50 websites for food and drink.

He 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.

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

He is a member of the Association of Foragers, the Society of Economic Botany and the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland.