A Handy Plant-Identifying App for Urban Foragers

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Urban foragers looking to get back to their hunter-gatherer roots no longer have to rely on their memories, or hasty Google searches, to figure out which of the plants they encounter in parks and other green spaces are edible. A new app, Wild Edibles Forage, features more than 100 edible plants, from Bracken to Poor Man's Pepper, with up to eight identifying images of each.

The information comes largely from foraging expert "Wildman" Steve Brill, with West Coast entries added by herbalist Becky Lerner and survival expert Christopher Nyerges. If you're not quite ready to spring for the $7.99 app (although just think about how much money you'll be saving on produce!), check out this video, which features Brill foraging around New York City's Central Park and gives a quick primer on seven common edible weeds.

[h/t NPR's The Salt]