The Encyclopedia of Edible Plants of North America

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McGraw Hill Professional, Dec 2, 1998 - Health & Fitness - 584 pages
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The Encyclopedia of Edible Plants of North America is the only book that lists all edible species - about 4,000 plants - on the vast North American continent that have been used as food by humans; contains a comprehensive account of each species, including etymology, geographical location, uses of each part, history of the uses, composition, medicinal uses, possible toxicity, endangered species and much, much more; is based on first-hand "grazing" research conducted over ten years on this continent by eminent European enthobotanist Francois Couplan, Ph.D.; includes traditional Native American cooking techniques and uses for plants which the author recorded while living with various tribes around the country; and reflects an unusual blend of the author's 35 years of personal experience with edible plants and his highly sophisticated scientific expertise. By relating to the senses and to the pleasure of discovering amazing new tastes and flavors, the book encourages the reader to develop new relationships with nature.

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Not worth the money

User Review  - friski2014 - Walmart

Strictly lists the plant names and how it can be used. NO information to help identify the plants or where to find them, or any details of the plant. Useless unless you already know what the plant is. Read full review


Lycopods and Horsetails Lycopodiophyta and Equisetophyta
Cycads and Conifers Pinopfiyta
Flowering Plants Magnoliophyta

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About the author (1998)

Couplan is a columnist for several major French nature, health, and cooking magazines, he works with renowned chefs on integrating wild plants into their menus.

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