Hi, I'm Robin Harford, one of BBC Countryfile's top recommended foraging teachers and bestselling author of Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants of Britain and Ireland.

My book covers forty-eight plants and includes multiple colour photographs for easy plant identification.

I wrote this book to help you rediscover our forgotten plant heritage. To learn how to use wild plants as food and medicine.

For over fifteen years, I have experimented with 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 even went 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.

My book is considered an invaluable addition to any forager, herbalist, gardener, horticulturist or naturalist’s library.

And provides plant-lovers with a much-needed resource for understanding nature’s most useful wild plants. 

 I hope you enjoy it.
What's Covered?

  • The format is PDF and Kindle
  • The history of each plant
  • Which parts of the plant to use as food
  • Traditional and modern food uses
  • Nutritional breakdown
  • Traditional folk medicine uses
  • Safety notes and contraindications


  • Multiple full-colour photos of each plant
  • Common name
  • Scientific name
  • Family
  • Easy botanical description
  • Flowering time
  • Where the plant is found
  • Status: perennial, annual, biennial etc.
  • Whether it is native or non-native

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

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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.

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About Robin Harford

Robin Harford is a plant forager, ethnobotanical researcher and wild food educator. He is the author of numerous foraging 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 eatweeds.co.uk, listed in The Times Top 50 websites for food and drink.

He has travelled extensively, documenting and recording wild food plants' traditional and local uses in indigenous cultures. 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, The Ecologist, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, etc.

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