As long as people have lived in North America, wild plants have been an important source of food. For Native people in western Canada, the nutritional and cultural contribution made by these plants was immense: in all, some 200 species of wild plants provided food. The different ways in which these were used resulted in an almost limitless selection of dishes derived from wild plants.
Now revised and updated, this popular handbook contains descriptions of more than 100 plants used for food by the original inhabitants of coastal British Columbia. Each description contains information about the habitat, the distribution in the region, and notes on how the plant was used. Colour photographs throughout the text aid in identification of the plants.
For those interested in Native history and culture, this book will provide an invaluable record of plant species used by individual groups and the different harvesting and preparation procedures associated with them. For naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts, it will introduce the wealth and diversity of wild edible plants found along the coast of British Columbia.
About the Author
Nancy J. Turner
is Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria and research affiliate in botany at the Royal British Columbia Museum.