The Ozark Mountains in Missouri and Arkansas have had a long history of foraging, ever since the earliest white settlers came from the Appalachians and survived off of what they could find, trap, and hunt. Today, foraging remains a major activity among the outdoor community there, supported in large part by established buyers of local edibles such as ginseng, wild berries, and nuts. Foraging the Ozarks, written by local wilderness expert Bo Brown, highlights about a hundred commonly found edibles in the Interior Highlands, from ubiquitous herbs to endemic species. With sidebars, recipes, helpful tips, and toxin warnings throughout, Foraging the Ozarks is the only guidebook the Ozark outdoor enthusiast will need to pick it, cook it, and eat it.
About the Author
Bo Brown has worked as an avian field biologist since 1985, and has been teaching outdoor skills since 1992. He is the founder and director of First Earth Wilderness School in the Missouri Ozarks, where he regularly leads courses on foraging and stone-age wilderness survival skills throughout the region, and has assisted John McPherson in wilderness survival training sessions for U.S. Army Special Forces SERE instructors in Kansas. Bo is also a professional musician, and lives on 15 wooded acres in a log cabin near Rogersville, Missouri. Follow his various outdoor activities at firstearth.org.