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The Weed Forager’s Handbook

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A guide to edible and medicinal weeds in Australia

Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland

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Step into the world of our least admired botanical companions. Peel back the layers of prejudice and discover the finer side of the plants we call weeds. An astonishing number are either edible or medicinal, and have deep and sometimes bizarre connections to human history.

How do you distinguish a tasty sandwich-filler from its dangerous look-alike? Which of these garden familiars is the most nutritious vegetable ever tested by the US Dept of Agriculture? How do you cook with delicious nettles without fear of being stung?

The Weed Forager’s Handbook reveals all this and more, and will forever change your concept of where to go looking for lunch.

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Weed Forager’s chapters include:

  • Appreciating Weeds
  • Top-20 Edible and Medicinal Weeds
  • Other Weeds
  • Weedy Recipes
  • Weeds in the Garden
  • Resources


  • Full colour photos and botanical illustrations
  • Detailed edibility and medicinal notes on our favourite 20 weeds, plus another 14 short weed profiles
  • Delicious and easy recipes
  • Remarkable tales from history and folklore!

This handbook is the essential text for both novice and experienced wild food foragers. The guidelines, excellent ID photos and choice of most useful and common species will give the novice confidence while the facts and recipes will extend all but the most advanced weed aficionados. For the gardener tired of joyless weeding Adam and Annie open our eyes to the fact that the problem can indeed be the solution. ~ David Holmgren

In other words, if you eat, then this book is a must-have companion. ~ Costa Georgiadis, host of Gardening Australia

The most entertaining read about weeds I could ever have imagined. ~ Larissa Dubecki, author of Prick with a Fork (Allen & Unwin, 2015)

It’s a little like uncovering gold beneath a tarnished, uninspiring surface, and this book is your metal detector, leading you to the goodies. ~ Frankie Magazine

Authors Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland harvest the bounty
Weed forager’s (and authors) Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland harvest the bounty


Photos used on this page are sourced from the amazing collection of the top 20 edible weeds taken by the authors.

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First Published 2012
Hyland House Publishing
Flexicover, 166 pages, full colour photographs and illustrations throughout.
Size: 6.9 x 5.1in 
ISBN: 9781864471212

About the Authors

Annie Raser-Rowland is a horticulturalist and artist, and works at CERES nursery in Melbourne, Australia, giving people advice on how to grow lots of tomatoes. She is the co-author (with Adam Grubb) of The Weed Forager’s Handbook: A Guide to Edible and Medicinal Weeds in Australia (Hyland House, 2012), which has sold over 15,000 copies and The Art of Frugal Hedonism: A Guide to Spending Less While Enjoying Everything More. Their weekly spending, on everything except housing, was less than a quarter of the Australian average.

Adam Grubb runs an urban permaculture design and education business called Very Edible Gardens, co-hosts 3RRR radio’s Greening the Apocalypse, and also co-founded EnergyBulletin.net (now Resilience.org) and the Permablitz movement. He is the co-author (with Annie Raser-Rowland) of The Weed Forager’s Handbook: A Guide to Edible and Medicinal Weeds in Australia and The Art of Frugal Hedonism: A Guide to Spending Less While Enjoying Everything More.

Additional information

Weight .25 kg
Dimensions 175 × 130 × 13 mm

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