Wild food plants of Australia
Wild food plants of Australia revised edition

By Tim Low


This edition published in 1991 by HarperCollins/Angus & Robertson, colour photographs and b&w illustrations, soft cover, 240 pages


Price $A29.95 plus $A13.50 postage within Australia [up to 3 kg], overseas postage please request a quote


ISBN 9780207169304 or ISBN 0207169306

  • Description
  • About the author
  • Table of contents

This book is presented in a concise, convenient form to facilitate quick and ready reference in the field. Tim Low has provided a truly reliable guide to our edible flora, making identification easy. It is a perfect companion for bushwalkers, naturalists, scientists and, with emphasis on wild cuisine, gourmets.


More than 180 plants are described - from the most tasty and significant plant foods of southern and eastern Australia to the more important and spectacular inland and tropical foods. Distribution maps are provided with each description plus notes on how these plants were used in the past and can be used today.


Beautifully illustrated with colour photographs and line drawings, there is also a guide to poisonous and non-poisonous plants, and information on introduced food plants, the nutrients found in wild food plants, bush survival, and how to forage for and cook wild food plants.


About the author


Tim Low is one of Australia's leading nature writers and a superb photographer. He regularly contributes to magazines Australian Natural History, Nature and Health and Simply Living. He is author of several books including Bush Tucker, Bush Medicine, Feral Future and The New Nature.


Table of contents



1. Introduction

2. Using this book

3. The habitats

4. The plants as food

5. The danger of poisoning

6. The plants [pages 25-186]

7. Introduced food plants

8. Mushrooms

9. Foraging and cooking

10. Wild food nutrients

11. Bush survival

12. Changes

Appendix I Leaf gallery

Appendix II Tuber gallery