When “Wildman” Steve Brill reached out to me last year and invited me to contribute the Pacific Northwest plants to the newest version (2.1) of his excellent Wild Edibles iPhone and Android app, developed by WinterRoot, it was easy to say yes. I was excited and honored to be part of it. His app covers more than 200 useful plants and operates essentially as a field guide to common useful plants of North America, offering accurate information about the identification and uses of wild edible and medicinal plants of the urban and not-so-urban jungles at the touch of a button.
With contributions from myself, veteran urban forager and author Steve Brill and California survivalist and author Christopher Nyerges, you can trust it to be accurate and reliable. Safety is important when it comes to wild plants, and relying on this app is a nice alternative to using Google on your phone, because the search engine is crowd-sourcing information, and there’s plenty of inaccurate and parroted hearsay out there. Plus, it beats carrying around a bulky book in your bag.
The plants I contributed include: Oregon grape, fig, wapato, thimbleberry, strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo), sea-buckthorn, salmonberry, salal, little western bittercress, Indian plum, everlasting pea, emerald carpet, calendula, and lunaria.