Judy Dourson

Wild Yet Tasty

The Red River Gorge is one of Kentucky’s crowning jewels. Designated a National Geologic Area, a National Natural Landmark, a National Archaeological District, and on the National Register of Historic places, the Gorge draws over half a million visitors each year who come to enjoy its scenic beauty, abundant hiking trails, and exceptional rock climbing. The dramatic mixture of microclimates in the Red River Gorge basin creates a natural abundance not found elsewhere in the state, including numerous edible plants that are documented in Wild Yet Tasty. This compact guide covers the most commonly found species, ranging from well-known edibles like morels, blackberries, and persimmons to ones that are not as commonly eaten, such as toothwort, common greenbrier, and redbud. Each entry includes detailed line drawing and descriptions to help with identification, habitat information, details on what parts are edible, and the best time to harvest. A glossary of terms and tips for preparing wild food make this guide an invaluable resource for the hikers, climbers, and campers visiting the Red River Gorge.

Judy Dourson

Judy Dourson is an educator, researcher, field technician, and editor. She has served as Dan’s field assistant, primary researcher, and editor and has co-authored several books with him, including Wild Yet Tasty: A Guide to Edible Plants in the Red River Gorge.

Other Books by this Author

With over 1,000 color images and numerous illustrations covering over 1500 species currently known to exist in the watershed, Wildflowers and Ferns of the Red River Gorge is designed to be accessible to the causal hiker and of use to the seasoned naturalist. Rare and endangered species are highlighted as well as a few other important but often ignored, non-flowering plant groups including green algae, fungi, slime molds, lichens, and mosses. In addition, a small section on flowering woody vines, shrubs, and trees is also included, making the book the most comprehensive natural guide to one of Kentucky’s most popular natural recreational areas. Read more…


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