Nearly 200 Wild Berries and Fruits in One Book

Wild berriesThe revised and updated second edition to Teresa Marrone’s Wild Berries & Fruits Field Guide of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan is the perfect guide to help you identify the wild fruits and berries in your neck of the woods.

In print and a regional standard since 2009, the second edition of this beloved book contains updated text, new photos, and more essential information from expert naturalist and author/photographer Teresa Marrone.

The book has features for foragers of all stripes:

  • The introduction serves as a wonderful primer to the basics of botany, providing a bounty of information about leaf form and arrangement, the many different types of fruit structures, and the other characteristics you’ll need to know before heading out into the wild. It also contains a ripening calendar that helps you know when to look for your favorite edible wild berries and fruits to typically ripen.
  • Intuitively organized by color of the ripe fruit, and then by the form of the plant (a tender leafy plant, a shrub, a tree, etc.), the book is easy to carry into the field but complete enough to serve as a solid reference for years to come. Handy range maps and icons for leaf arrangement, season, and the plant’s growth form also help you narrow things down quickly.
  • To make identification easier, the key features for each species are called out in bold green. To help you weed out lookalike fruits and berries, there’s a cross-referenced compare section for each species. What’s more, technical botany terms are immediately “translated” in parentheses when used, making the text accessible for laypeople and experts alike.
  • Edible, inedible, and toxic species are all clearly labeled in the text; potentially dangerous berries are called out via a prominent skull-and-crossbones symbol; to put safety at the forefront, Marrone includes a special section pertaining to safety and plant identification.
  • Finally, a thorough glossary makes for a useful reference, and the book’s thorough index lists scientific names and common names (which often vary by area) help you find what you want quickly.
Liliane Opsomer
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