Identifying And Harvesting Edible And Medicinal Plants

Paperback | May 20, 1994

bySteve Brill

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Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places shows readers how to find and prepare more than five hundred different plants for nutrition and better health, including such common plants as mullein (a tea made from the leaves and flowers suppresses a cough), stinging nettle (steam the leaves and you have a tasty dish rich in iron), cattail (cooked stalks taste similar to corn and are rich in protein), and wild apricots (an infusion made with the leaves is good for stomach aches and disgestive disorders).

More than 260 detailed line drawings help readers identify a wide range of plants -- many of which are suited for cooking by following the more than thirty recipes included in this book. There are literally hundreds of plants readily available underfoot waiting to be harvested and used either as food or as a potential therapeutic. This book is both a field guide to nature's bounty and a source of intriguing information about the plants that surround us.

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Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places shows reader how to find and prepare more than five hundred different plants for nutrition and better health, including such common plants as mullein (a tea made from the leaves and flowers suppresses a cough), stinging nettle (steam the leaves and ...

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Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places shows readers how to find and prepare more than five hundred different plants for nutrition and better health, including such common plants as mullein (a tea made from the leaves and flowers suppresses a cough), stinging nettle (steam the leaves and...

"Wildman" Steve Brill's nature tours of New York City's Central Park are widely attended in the spring and throughout the summer. He is an educator, broadcaster, and naturalist based in New York City.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.84 inPublished:May 20, 1994Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0688114253

ISBN - 13:9780688114251

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 8

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Find It, Cook It, Eat It: Yum! This book makes it easy to find the most delicious plants, gives you great recipies for them and tells you just how much nutrition you're getting for free. For example, I was weeding the carrots and looked up the weed I was pulling: it was purslane (with more nutrition than most cultivated plants - including omega-3 fatty acids). I cooked the recipe for potato and purslane patties and got kudos from everyone. The book is segmented by season, which makes it very easy to dive into collecting whenever you get the book. It also indicates when there are (or aren't) dangerous look-alikes, so one can be confident about the safety of what one is eating. Very detailed pencil drawings indicate all of the indentifying features of a plant in one drawing, something I have found can rarely be done with photographs. I did not find the lack of colour in the illustration a drawback, since the colours are indicated on the drawing and in the narrative. All-in-all, this is the easiest of the guides to edible plants I have used, and I really appreciate the down-to-earth recipies that complement the edible plants. It's definitely on my gift list for a number of like-minded friends.
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Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places shows reader how to find and prepare more than five hundred different plants for nutrition and better health, including such common plants as mullein (a tea made from the leaves and flowers suppresses a cough), stinging nettle (steam the leaves and you have a tasty dish rich in iron), cattail (cooked stalks taste similar to corn and are rich in protein), and wild apricots (an infusion made with the leaves is good for stomachaches and digestive disorders). More than 260 detailed line drawings help readers identify a wide range of plants - many of which are suited for cooking by following the more than thirty recipes included in this book. There are literally hundreds of plants readily available underfoot waiting to be harvested and used either as food or as a potential therapeutic. This book is both a field guide to nature's bounty and a source of intriguing information about the plants that surround us.