Wild Edibles Forage

Explore free edible plants in your backyard The ultimate foraging guide : identify, cultivate, and prepare over 250 plants! Created in collaboration between "Wildman" Steve Brill, Becky Lerner, Christopher Nyerges, and Winterroot.

• Identify using up to 8 images per plant (over 1,000 images in total!)
• Now includes map enabled notes - privately track locations of your favorite plants
* Filter by region, season, and other plant attributes
• West coast specific plants from Becky Lerner and Christopher Nyerges
• New cultivation information helps wild plants stay forgeable year after year
• The same identification, harvesting, preparation, and recipes from the "Wildman" you've already learned, plus 50 more!
• Choose to download high resolution versions of images

Now your favorite foraging reference and identification tool has a sleek new interface and even more content! In addition to hundreds of plants from nationally renowned forager “Wildman” Steve Brill, we are very excited to announce contributions from west coast foragers Rebecca Lerner and Christopher Nyerges.

If this isn’t enough for you (as it wasn’t for us), you’ll be delighted to know we’ve also added geolocated notes! How does it work? When you add a note you now have the option to add a location. Should you choose to, your note will be added to a map right at the point you are standing. Now you can tag stands and specific plants to return to later! These notes are also added in a list for for easy viewing.

Wild Edibles is a massive compendium of foraging knowledge suitable for beginners and experts alike. Use this app at home as a quick reference, or in the field as a replacement for cumbersome field guides. Providing the subject's most comprehensive resource in a compact digital form, this app takes wild edible plants to a whole new level of accessibility.

Know first of all that this version of the application is a complete rewrite - necessary for us to continue to offer the app - but this means that in a small set of situations crashes may occur. We have crash reporting installed on all apps, and are working to fix crashes when we see them. If you have a specific issue, please just send us a support request and we can work together to determine the issue. We are ready and waiting to make sure everyone has the best experience possible!!

Wild Edibles Forage App Description & Overview

The applications Wild Edibles Forage was published in the category Food & Drink on 2011-04-15 and was developed by WinterRoot LLC. The file size is 60.25 MB. The current version is 2.9 and works well on 10 and high ios versions.

+ Fix for intermittent initial image download problems.

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Wild Edibles Forage Reviews


No Huckleberry!?!  wendybee  2 star

I plunked down $6 specifically to help ID huckleberry in this area, which I believe is abundant (but I need to be sure before wildcrafting), but there's no info! Plant selection for West Coast is weak at best. Wanted to love this, but I'm really disappointed.


No southeast region!  Dwolfwd  1 star

This includes all regions except southeast, wish I would have been told before spending $$$


Buggy  M*dragon  2 star

This used to be a great app but recent changes have made it nearly unusable. It spawns errors at random times and locks up when you try to read warnings. The new navigation makes looking at pictures cumbersome and it lacks a basic search function.


Excellent app that keeps improving  1userofthisapp  5 star

Like carrying a foraging book in your pocket Great personal support to improvements and issues

A BlueBird

A Great Reference for the Field  A BlueBird  5 star

This app is a very handy guide to have if you are getting into foraging. Mobile yet detailed, it has a lot of great features that will help you learn and record your findings. I have had little trouble so far with the minor bugs mentioned. I am looking forward to social media being added so users can share info. If you get an opportunity to join one of "Wildman" Brill's foraging walks, for goodness sakes, don't miss it! It is a great experience.


Lots of info, but could use more organization.  vibeichi  3 star

I live on the east coast of Florida, north of Jupiter. I try to look up edible plants in my area and can't seem to narrow it down to my region. There is no database for the southeastern area of the US. I am nervous about trying the plants here, except obvious ones like clover and dandelion, because it is hard to find ways to match them to this database and then to my region. What would be good is to avoid the plant pages to what states they are seen in, and perhaps their characteristics so people can search by adding tags that match up. For example "Florida, spiky leaves, hairy stems, dark red berries", which would return any results featuring those tags, while filtering out the rest. For the money paid to own this app, which is great by all other standards except filtering, it would really increase its value immensely, especially in the field. For goodness sake, after all this time, please send someone to the south east to study the plants here and add them to your database.

Magic Rainbow Doctor

Great resource!  Magic Rainbow Doctor  5 star

This app is awesome. A must have for being out in the field.

Sabrina Raspberries

A fabulous field guide for foraging in your pocket  Sabrina Raspberries  5 star

I love this app, it's worth every penny! The plants listing is huge and growing. I love that you can search by region and season! There is a tone of pics, info and listings and warnings about poisonous look-alike species. It ALSO lets you add your own field notes. You can add pics, notes and location markers to keep track of plant locations. If you are lucky enough, take a walking tour with Wildman Steve Brill. He's not only a wonderful teacher but also a real NY character! His entertaining tours are full of history, myths, culinary & medicinal uses, and family friendly cornball humor. It's a guaranteed good time!


Good information but small bug  ColouredTea  4 star

Has good information on wild edibles and how to prepare them as well as information on poisonous plants but for some reason I can't get all of the images to be downloaded. I reset the download fully and other times just rezip it but I can't get all of the photos. It's never the same photos either. Only around 6 or so though so it's not too bad.


Great !  tktktktk234234234  5 star

I downloaded this in the fall and had a great time looking for edible plants in my hood. I can't wait to go out looking again in each season. The plant photos are really helpful in ID'ing things, and I love that you can search by region (helpful when I travel). Fantastic app!


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Jesse Seymour JesseBizInt 3 star

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Update problems  Interrobangart  1 star

I’ve been using this app since it first came out and have always enjoyed it. This current update sounded promising until I found out the app used up the rest of my drive space and it showed as 3.75 GB usage for the app. Yikes! Also it is extremely slow and glitchy on a 4S. Trying to view image resulted in images loading slowly in chunks (and that was with my very high speed wifi connection.) I can’t imagine trying to view an image in the field. Unfortunately I had to delete the app because it is pretty much unusable for me now. It will be easier to carry Samuel Thayer’s foraging books with me in the field than try to use this new version. I do hope they resolve this problem soon.


It's ok, but..  Moonlightraine  3 star

What I really wanted this for was adding pictures to geographic locations, so I could look up what plants I found and where I found them. I just wanted to be able to add a pin with a note and picture attached. It seems I can only add a note when I'm in a plant entry. I like the idea of being able to look something up, yes I too use my phone, there's not a lot of plants from my western, scrub-oak environment on the ap anyway. It's already too big, though. I had to delete a ton of stuff (I have 16gb) just to get the ap to finish. I just don't think you can fit enough on there to be able to do that offline.


Fantastic app!!  Likvar  5 star

Went on a foraging tour with the Wildman and bought the app that same day. I love it!! High quality photos, super easy to navigate, and lots of reliable information. If you're going to learn, learn from an expert. And if you can, definitely take some of his foraging classes. There's no substitute for the real thing!!


Love it!!!!!  Colasante  5 star

This is just what an app needs to be. You can choose which plants you want to see for each season as well! Wildman is a self-taught forager. I remember foraging with him. His sense of humor even in this resonates clearly.

beginner forager

Helps me forage on my own  beginner forager  5 star

I took a class with Steve Brill in central park a few weeks ago and afterwards bought the app. Since then, it’s helped me to confidently identify a handful of wild plants that I’ve brought home and cooked with. It’s also got great directions on how to prep and store and cook. Definitely worth the price, considering the potential to save on simple groceries like garlic, greens, tea, etc.


We love this app  handsomejex  5 star

We love the app, even more so after the tour of prospect park to reinforce what we learned foraging too! Highly recommend for homeschoolers, encourage your young naturalist explorers with detailed info as you interact with nature.

R Spellman

Right from the Source  R Spellman  5 star

I bought this app from Steve the Wildman Brill for one reason; it was created from first hand knowledge and he is accessible to meet and talk to. He offers first hand accounts of all the plants he speaks of. I am using this on a 4th gen ipod touch. I like the categories that each plant entry offers (uses, recipes, warnings) and the ability to take your own notes. There also seems to be good vision for future enhancements. My kids and I are already out gathering and cooking great stuff!

Jennifer Castello

User friendly and lots of fun!  Jennifer Castello  5 star

Very handy reference for foragers, herbalists, and anyone with any natural curiosity about what's growing around them! Great pictures make safe identification easy. Lots of focus on safety. A definite must if going on a foraging tour with The Wildman, and a great companion to the books!


Not as great as other reviewers said, but ok.  evilpeekey  4 star

This app has several things going for it, the excellent color photos, warnings about poisonous lookalike plants, cross references. The thing that bugged me was the disclaimer popping up each time the app was opened. Once at time of purchase is ok, not each time the app is opened. Also, a little pricey. But still ok.

Fifi Raphael

Wild Edibles - Excellent Resource  Fifi Raphael  5 star

Very helpful. The photos and diagrams simplify identification and ruling out of various plants. I highly recommend this app.

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