Edible and Medicinal Flora of the West Coast

British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest

By (author): Collin Varner
ISBN 9781772033236
Softcover | Publication Date: May 26, 2020
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
224 Pages
$22.95 CAD

About the Book

A clear, concise guide to more than 130 edible and medicinal plants and funghi that grow wild throughout the west coast of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest states.

The coastal Pacific Northwest of North America is home to a multitude of edible and medicinal plant species, marine plants, and edible mushrooms. This compact, full-colour forager’s guide offers clear photography, descriptions, safety tips and warnings, and traditional culinary and medicinal uses for every type of wild-growing flora species in the region, including:

  • Bigleaf Maple—used to make a delicious west-coast maple syrup;
  • Yellow Morel Mushroom—a favourite of foragers but not to be confused with the false morel, which is poisonous;
  • Sea Asparagus—perfect in a salad or as an accompaniment to seafood; and
  • Evening Primrose—an introduced species to the region, used to treat a variety of ailments.

Practical, user-friendly, and safe, Edible and Medicinal Flora of the West Coast is an indispensable guide for beginner and experienced foragers alike.

About the Author(s)

Collin Varner is an arborist/horticulturalist at the University of British Columbia. He is the steward of 25,000 trees at the university’s Point Grey campus, where he also teaches native plant studies. A member of the International Society of Arboriculture and the American Society of Consulting Arborists, he is the author of several books, including The Flora and Fauna of Coastal British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.