Dr. Nicole Apelian is an herbalist, a mother, a survival skills instructor, and a biologist. She graduated with a degree in Biology from McGill University in Canada and has her Master’s degree in Ecology from the University of Oregon. She earned her Doctorate through Prescott College while working as an anthropologist and ethnobotanist in Botswana.
Nicole gained key survival and foraging skills during the years she's spent living with one of the oldest cultures on Earth, the San Bushmen. The hunter-gatherer San live completely off the land. Their name literally means” picking up from the ground”, or what we call foraging.
Food gathering and harvesting medicines is a way of life she adopted for her personal wellness after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She found that for her, nature’s medicine was more effective than the standard treatment she was prescribed. She went from being pushed around in a wheelchair to taking back full control over her life and being able to properly care for her children.
And in 2015 she was among the first women to be selected for the History Channel’s TV show Alone. There she survived in the wild for 57 days, complete alone, mostly by foraging wild plants for both food and medicine.
Nicole believes that there are many more people who need to take advantage of the healthy, free wild food growing in their area.
This became her life’s mission and the main reason for writing this book. In it she poured over 20 years of plant knowledge and her first-hand experiences in both making natural remedies and finding foods in the wild.
Inside, you’ll discover over 400 plants that never made it to most people’s lives, kitchens or medicine cabinets.
The most important thing that I would like to show you, and that many books lack, is how to correctly identify these plants.
I went through great lengths to print this book in color with HUGE pictures for each plant, to make it easy to identify.
I also added extra photos of the defining features of the plant, so you will know exactly what to look for to make the correct identification.
With the distribution map I added, you will also be able to search only for plants growing in your area.
Because I want you to be 110% safe and sure you got the right plant, I added a Poisonous-Lookalike section for each plant explaining the differences you should look for.
Each plant that has medicinal properties also has a section on how to use it as a remedy.
You will also find instructions on how to prepare the wild foods for several purposes, how and when to harvest, depending on the season, and a few delicious time-tested recipes to prepare these wild foods like a seasoned forager.
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You’ll also discover how to recognize Reishi, the mushroom that got me out of the wheelchair.
Every day since that day… 20 years ago, I’m taking - along with other remedies – a tincture I make from this mushroom. Alongside my remedies, it helps a lot with my MS, and I gladly recommend it as a medicinal mushroom for autoimmune conditions and other chronic issues.
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As the saying goes, sometimes the best things in life are free, and this berry is the perfect example of that. While still illegal to grow in many parts of the U.S., there is no law that prevents you from foraging it in the wild. If you find a single gooseberry bush, you can gather around twelve pounds of gooseberries, and you can return year after year to take advantage of it.
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One of the many interesting things you’ll discover inside The Forager’s Guide to Wild Foods is what happens when you smoke mullein. I know it’s hard to believe, but in earlier days, people with tuberculosis would roll it up in a makeshift herbal cigarette, and inhale deeply to get rid of the never-ending cough. Mullein is wonderful for any kind of lung cleansing. The leaves burn slowly and have a relaxing, calming smoke that soothes your lungs, dislodges mucus, and opens up the air passageways.
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People Weed Out This Plant, But Here’s
What You Should Do Instead
If you see this plant invading your lawn, don’t immediately reach for your bottle of Round-Up. This seemingly annoying weed is edible and rich in many nutrients. Every 100g of this herb contains around 23g of protein and 25g of fiber, making it an amazing source of protein and fiber. Fiber is especially important since the majority of people living in the West today are fiber deficient. It can be cooked and eaten much like other greens, such as spinach and collards.
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The Plant That Can Save Your Life In a Crisis
This is the prairie plant that our ancestors relied on as they settled the West and pulled through the leanest years of the Great Depression. The bulbs and leaves were eaten raw or fried in a pot alongside lard and other greens. Knowing how to identify this plant may save your life in the next crisis, just as it saved others in the past.
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You'll also find out how to turn a pesky weed into a pain-fighting ally. I’m sure you’ve already seen some stinging nettles around your area. The hairs of this invasive plant are usually painful to the touch. But what’s very interesting is that when you rub them on a painful area of the body, they can decrease the original pain. Just try it next time you get some joint or muscle pain, and you’ll see what I mean.
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You’ll discover a common backyard plant that you can pop, just like popcorn. The only difference is that it tastes better with a nutty flavor, and it’s gluten free!
This plant is pretty common all over America and I think you’ve seen it many times before.
Young leaves can be picked in early spring and used raw in salads or cooked. They taste like spinach. They are best harvested early in the day and plunged into cold salted water for 15 min.
But the true power of this plant lies in its seeds. They are very tiny, the size of sesame seeds, and you should pop them. Just place them in a tall pot and let the magic begin. I think you will love it.
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I’m also going to show you why you shouldn’t cut this wild plant the next time you come across it. It grows just about everywhere in North America, even on sidewalks. Next time you spot one, don’t harm it but just gently harvest its seeds. They stay on the stalks year-round, and you can even forage them in the dead of winter. Once you’ve gathered enough seeds, grind them down into a nutritious, gluten-free wild flour to make bread. So, how would you feel to always have access to this healthy and abundant natural food source from now on?
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I’m also going to show you the most common edible trees growing in your state. Besides producing delicious snacks, such as chestnuts, some wild trees also provide extra food through their bark, leaves, twigs, seeds, pollen, roots, flowers, and sap. In a crisis that puts our food supply at risk, knowing how to tap into this food source that’s hidden in plain sight may feed your whole family year round.
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I will also show you how to make an elder-flower probiotic, that's good for both reducing inflammation and regulating bowel movement.
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I’ll also show you the most sought out dish at nature’s restaurant together with other over 50 edible berries that you will find inside The Forager’s Guide to Wild Foods.
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They Should Teach This in Schools
The wisdom that allowed our grandparents to feed and heal themselves using nothing but the wild plants God put on Earth is all but lost. Today, you can become one of the few people who help me save this lost skill from oblivion. They should really teach this in schools, but they don’t! It’s up to you and me to pass this plant knowledge to our kids and grandkids and take them out foraging for the free natural bounty growing all around us. Our lives and theirs may just come to depend on it one day.
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I’ll also show you what to do immediately after identifying coltsfoot. This plant holds the secret to unblocking your airways and fighting colds, the flu and stopping uncontrollable coughs. In fact it’s Latin name Tussilago means ‘to act on cough’.
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I’ll also show you how to make a crispy crust wild dandelion bread. So if dandelions grow somewhere near you, go ahead and put them to good use.
Just imagine when you open up the oven and fill your home with the smell of a freshly baked bread with a sweet-dandelion flavor.
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Another plant you’ll discover is what herbalists refer to as “Nature’s Prozac”. This instant anxiety relieving plant could be growing near your house, no matter where you live in America. Steeping 1 tsp. of clean fresh leaves in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 min can also help you fall asleep faster. Please do not drink this tea if you plan on driving in the next 6 hours.
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I’ll also show you why Cattails are literally all you need to survive. Survivalists call this plant the super-market of the swamp because you can eat every part of it, even its pollen. Cattails are a tactical four-season food that can save your life and keep you strong even in the darkest of times.
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You’ll also discover what you should do immediately when you find an 'Alligator Tree'.
It is very easy to identify, as its bark perfectly mimics an alligator skin.
The Zuni tribe steamed its berries and turned it into something that should find its way onto your dinner plate.
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You'll discover the delicious secret this common plant holds hidden from sight.
If you pull up this invasive weed, you can find its nut-shaped edible tubers that taste somewhere between almonds and hazelnuts.
Foragers call them earth almonds. They can be eaten raw right out of the ground. Or you can dry them for later use.
When your friends ask you what are these delicious treats... I'm pretty sure they'll be blown away when you'll show them this common weed.
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Take a stalk or a leaf and tear it in two.
The plant will secrete a milky, white substance that resembles the one found in the opium poppy. This substance, known as lactucarium, has much milder painkilling effects, but it’s completely legal to forage, grow and eat.
You can add it to your salads, or you can collect it in a jar for making a painkilling elixir to have around whenever you experience a lingering pain that just won't go away.
Beneficial Weeds You Shouldn’t Have Pulled
From Your Garden!
Did you ever pull any of these “useless weeds” from your backyard only to discard them in the trash? Well, it was probably a big mistake. Inside The Forager’s Guide to Wild Foods, you’ll find out exactly what you should have done with each one instead.
If you find this yellow tree in your backyard, you’ll not only have a new food source but also one of the best chronic joint pain remedies that nature has to offer. Witch hazel, as it's called, is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and it’s found in different medicines. With just a few simple instructions I provide inside the book, you can turn this tree into your own joint salve to use whenever you're in need.
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You’ll discover a very distinctive but common mushroom that grows in all 50 states.
This mushroom is called Morel and is worth around $50 a pound and can even go as high as $200 a pound in dried form on Amazon and eBay.
There are no similar lookalikes, but just to be double sure you got the right one, slice it in two. If it is hollow from top to bottom on the inside, they are Morels. These mushrooms can be dried for long term storage and reconstituted later by soaking them in water.
If I were to recommend you a plant or mushroom to forage for profit, this would be it, as it's expensive and in huge demand.
You can add this plant to your morning coffee. Peppermint has antispasmodic properties, which relax the muscles inside your digestive tract, making stools looser and helping them move along the way. It's also one of the best herbs for reducing IBS symptoms and pain, and it was even recommended by the American College of Gastroenterology in 2021.
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You’ll also discover a plant called Lamb’s Quarters.
This Great Depression weed saved large communities from starvation and malnutrition. Growing all over the US, this superweed is also called “wild spinach” and it contains substantially more nutrients than cultivated spinach and kale.
Well, if hard times will ever come again, wouldn't you prefer to have this information on hand so you can identify this plant and other superweeds growing in your area?
And even all of that is just the tip of the iceberg of what you’ll find inside The Forager's Guide to Wild Foods. Here are some other things you’ll discover inside this massive 319-page edible plants guide:
And so much more!
If you get the Forager’s Guide to Wild Foods today, you’ll also take advantage of - a limited offer - of 3 exclusive gifts that will be off the table soon:
First you will get The Wilderness Survival Guide. In it you will find the survival skills that can help you craft resources from your surroundings in the great outdoors. This gift can help you take your self-reliance skills to the next level. It also serves as a great bug out resource you want to have by your side in times of need or when you go out foraging.
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The second exclusive bonus you’ll receive is called Household Remedies – How to recover Naturally at Home. In it you’ll discover our grandparent’s remedies that you can put to good use.
From making a Black Radish cough syrup to vinegar socks, you will find a home remedy for most common ailments. With this gift you can try all these time-tested remedies from the comfort of your own home.
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The third bonus you’ll get is 104 Long Lasting Foods You can Make at Home.
In it you’ll discover the long-lasting foods from a time when there was no electricity and refrigerators.
These foods are a great addition to anybody’s pantry or stockpile as in times of need they will not spoil and may save lives.
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The Forager's Guide to Wild Foods gives you access to an endless, free, healthy supply of food that can also be your lifeline in a crisis. By comparison, a years’ emergency supply of food for one person costs at least $3000. And if in an emergency you have to evacuate, you will leave your supplies behind. That is not the case with this book, as you can take it with you everywhere you want. I think every person should have this book in their home, next to their emergency foods or in their bug out bags. This knowledge is better at your fingertips now, as you might not be able to get it during crisis or blackouts.
This book isn't cheap to make. It’s filled with high resolution, full-color, full-page pictures that require a lot of quality ink and cutting edge printers. This is why we were able to afford printing it only in a limited edition.
So today you can get: The Forager’s Guide to Wild Foods + The Wilderness Survival Guide + Household Remedies + 104 Long Lasting Foods You can Make at Home not for $128, but for a one-time payment of just $37.
$37 is just a single meal in a not-so-fancy restaurant, while with The Forager’s Guide to Wild Foods you can put food and medicine on your table for a lifetime.
It’s obvious that you can save a lot more money than the price of this book, even in a single forage run.
Learning to look after yourself with the help of what nature gives freely is the ultimate form of self-reliance, and the best thing you can do for your health.
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A “food insurance policy” for hard times:
I think every person should have this book in their home, next to their emergency foods or in their Bug out Bags. Even people who are NOT planning on using this book on a regular basis should have it on their bookshelf to help them put food on the table in case hard times are coming ahead. This knowledge is better at your fingertips now, as you might not be able to get when you'll need it most.
The best resource to have around in the outdoors:
Haven’t you ever bumped into a mushroom, berry or plant and wondered if it’s edible or not? … and what to do with it? Maybe there are times when you're still not sure about a certain plant, and you need to consult the book, despite your vast experience. Or maybe you don’t have experience at all and just want to find wild goodies using the book.
Take advantage of the medicinal plants growing around your home:
Inside The Forager’s Guide to Wild Foods you’ll find lots of medicinal plants including the ones I use regularly and instructions on how to take advantage of them. So how would you feel to make your own medicine from plants growing around you instead of relying only on chemical compounds found in pills?
The healthiest foods you can eat:
There’s absolutely nothing you can buy in supermarkets that comes close to the plants you pick yourself from the wild. They have no GMOs, no pesticides and they are good for your health. Even products sold in stores as ORGANIC are allowed to be genetically modified, so long as there are no kind of man-made pesticides or chemical fertilizers involved in the growing process.
Wild foods are extremely nutritious:
Most plants and fruits that you can buy in supermarkets and groceries are depleted of important nutrients. The supermarket plants grow bigger and faster than their wild ancestors, but they cannot sustain the concentration of important nutrients and vitamins the wild foods have. Wild plants are extremely nutritious and full of antioxidants and vitamins that help our bodies in the long run.
Save some of the money you pay on food:
Comparing to the overpriced organic foods, the wild foods are completely FREE and up for grabs. Over the years I think I saved maybe thousands of dollars that I would have normally spent on supermarket foods. There is no good reason why you shouldn’t replace a part of the foods you purchase with foods that are better for you and are FREE.
Start a new wonderful chapter in your life:
It’s never too early nor too late to start learning a new useful skill.
The plant knowledge is no longer taught as it has been for thousands of generations before us. If we don’t do something about it, this knowledge will be lost forever and one day we might pay the ultimate price for this.
When you were growing up, it was probably your parents or grandparents that helped you identify your very first berry.
This is something only YOU can pass down to your kids and grand-kids as they don’t learn these skills from TV, gadgets or schools.
A stress-free escape:
There are very few things in life more gratifying and fulfilling than walking without care in nature. Your mind is far from the daily stress, looking for the next plant you will pick. Foraging is both practical and relaxing, and it surely benefits both your mind and body providing a much needed, but profitable, escape. Walking in nature also helps people who want to lose weight pleasantly, without feeling the effort.
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