How many times have you been out and about in the countryside looked at a plant and wondered was it edible or not? Well, if you are into the idea of free food then probably quite a lot. But how many times have you had the foraging guidebook on you? The answer, if you are me, is never when you see something interesting that you think you know what it is but are not sure. But, how many times have you had your mobile phone on you? Probably every time. And finally after finding that special spot where the item grows how many times have you then been unable to find it again? Probably quite a lot. It could be in the middle of a wood or large wasteground.
So what is the solution? This App that's what. The App combines a list of the most common wild foods available in the UK (many of these plants grow outside of the UK as well), images of those foods and information about the food such as leaf, flower and stem identification information, habitat, season, uses and most importantly any warnings about the plant. You can also record the locations of the foods found on the Maps so that you can find them again.
Each food has the following information: Description, Habitat, Season, Uses and Warnings; a minimum of two images to aid in identification; notes to record your information about the food; a set of user specified locations shown on the Map.
Each Food can be identified using the images and the description. Once identified you can also record the location of the food found.
Location use the inbuilt GPS or WiFi to locate you on the Map. Obviously, the GPS can work anywhere whereas WiFi location is less accurate and not always available (especially in the middle of a wood). Maps require an internet connection and a working data plan.
You can record you own notes about a food in general and you can also record notes about individual saved food locations.
There's also a Search facility to help you identify a food. You may be looking at a plant with white flowers or a toothed leaf or both. You can use the Search to look for those foods with white flowers or toothed leaves or white flowers and toothed leaves. The list of foods changes when you search to show only those that satisfy the search. Using the right combination of search terms could reveal an exact match.
v1.2 - Added to ability to purchase 10 new foods to forage for. Made it easier to access the food locations from other views. Some bug fixes. Updates for the new iPad.
The only improvements I can think of, besides adding more plants, would be implementing a way to search by region, or by plant features (leaf shape, number of flower petals, etc). I will definitely be sharing this with my foraging friends!
I don't know if I had lofty expectations for $1.99, but for a paid app, I think I would get a little more content. Pros- The app is simple and the pictures are nice and would be helpful in identifying plants when out and about. Cons- The map feature appears to be useless. There was absolutely no content on it. I could not add my own markers on the map or anything. Also, a picture browser was missing. Maybe I don't know the name of a plant in my yard, but want to check if it is edible? I have to read every plants description individually. Lame. I would suggest the developers allow users to plot found edibles on the map, and also contribute to the content ala Wikipedia . This could be a cool app, but it let me down a little. This is the first review I have ever felt compelled to write
Beautiful photos. They thought to include both leaf and flower. Only has about 30 plants and missing what I forage for most - mushrooms. There is a search but terms don't seem to match what I'm looking for and not enough plants to be helpful. Needs "not to be confused with" info because many plants look like others that are not edible.