The Weed Appreciator's Handbook by Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland

Adam from VEG and his partner Annie have written a book on edible weeds, and it’s now available…

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

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


  • Full colour photos and botanical illustrations
  • Detailed edibility and medicinal notes on 20 main common weeds, plus another 14 short 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.

Pre-release praise:

Costa“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 

There’s also an accompanying website where you can look at more photos of the weeds, check out distribution maps and order the book: 

Adam is running several upcoming workshops, check out our upcoming workshops page.