Resources for Plant Identification

As I mentioned in the Plant Walk video, and will mention in every video that discusses plant identification, you and you alone are 100% responsible for anything you choose to consume. Always be 100% sure on your plant identification.

I believe that having a primary reference and backing it up with 2-3 additional references is best practice even with training from local guides. 

I recommend you get each of my top three choices as a baseline for a basic plant and wild edible library. All three are excellent. 

From there, I also recommend one of the other field guides (based on your focus pants/trees/mushroom/etc.) as a backup reference. Follow that up with one of the regional foraging series for your particular area as a tertiary reference. 



The links are provided for your convenience and reference. Some of the links below are affiliate links. Meaning if you do choose to purchase an item or items using these links, I do receive a very small percentage of the sale. 

I appreciate your interest in this topic and your support of The Gray Bearded Green Beret Channel

Hope to see you in the woods,

-Joshua Enyart, The Grey Bearded Green Beret

My Top Three Recommended Books:

  1. Newcombs’ Wildflower Guide (Little, Brown, and Company) 
  2. Foraging and Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook (Dini Falconi) 
  3. Ancestral Plants: A Primitive Skills Guide to Important Wild Edible, Medicinal, and Useful Plants (Arthur Haines) 

As Confirmation Resources:

Peterson Field Guides 

National Audubon Society Field Guides 

Regional Foraging Series for Tertiary Confirmation:

Northeast Foraging (Leda Meredith) 

Southeast Foraging (Chris Bennett) 

Midwest Foraging (Lisa M. Rose) 

Pacific Northwest Foraging (Douglas Deur) 

Southwest Foraging (John Slattery) 

Mountain States Medicinal Plants (Briana Wiles) 

California Foraging (Judith Larner Lowry) 

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About Joshua Enyart

Joshua Enyart is a former Army Ranger and Green Beret specializing in emergency and tactical survival, bushcraft, and preparedness, primarily in the Woodlands and Mountains of the Eastern United States.

Joshua Enyart is the Founder and Lead Instructor for Flint & Steel Critical Skills Group, LLC and is an Instructor for the Pathfinder School, LLC, and is an Instructor for Prepper Advantage.  Joshua has also been a contributor to both ReadyMan and the American Protection Alliance, and has been a speaker at the Prepper World Summit.

He has completed several military schools including Ranger, SERE Level-C (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape), Special Forces Qualification Course (Weapons), Special Forces Sniper Course, and trained as a Combat Hunter (Tracker).

Joshua completed a total of 11 Combat Tours in Iraq and in Afghanistan (as both Active Duty and as a Private Contractor) where he was awarded several medals including the Bronze Star. He has also been to the Jungle Operations Training Center in Panama (Central America) three times.

Joshua is a seasoned instructor that has completed both the Army Instructor Training Course and the Air Force Basic Instructor Course. He served as a senior Pre-Ranger Instructor for the 101st Airborne Division, Weapons and Tactics Instructor for the Air Force Special Operations Command, and a Sniper Trainer and Ground Warfare Instructor for the Marine Special Operations Command.

He is also an Emergency Medical Technician and a Junior in college majoring in Biology, working towards Physician’s Assistant School.

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