The Weed Forager's Handbook: book cover

The Weed Forager’s Handbook: A Guide to Edible and Medicinal Weeds in Australia by Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland (foreword by Costa Georgiadis)

$21.95, plus $3 postage within Australia

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Published by Hyland House, 2012 (Flexicover, 166 pages) ISBN: 9781864471212

Over 60,000 sold.


  • 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!

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.

But 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?

This book reveals all this and more, and will forever change your concept of where to go looking for lunch.



“In other words, if you eat, then this book is a must-have companion.” ~ Costa Georgiadis, host of Gardening Australia, from his excellent foreword(!)

David Holmgren

“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, co-originator of the permaculture concept

“The most entertaining read about weeds I could ever have imagined.” ~ Larissa Dubecki, author of Prick with a Fork

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Australia is a big place! Is it relevant to me? If you live near any of the capital cities other than Darwin, or anywhere around Perth or in South-Eastern Australia, the answer is yes. Check out the distribution maps of our top 20 weeds.