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Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Rockies Paperback – May 19, 2000
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An important book for those in the Northern and Central Rocky mountain areas as well as other areas in the West. This is a photo-based guide focusing on the identification of wild edible plants. Kershaw's book, like other Lone Pine publications, covers lots of material. Brief descriptions of foods and medicines, often referring to uses by Native American Peoples, are given for each plant.
Like the other books in this section, there is no detailed processing information. This book covers 182 'kinds' of plants using about 350 photographs and 73 illustrations. A 'kind' for instance, is 'all docks', or 'all Oregon Grapes' discussed together. A 'Pictorial Guide', just after the Table of Contents, shows rows and columns of small duplicate pictures of all plants covered in the book for quick reference. Many people love this 'Pictorial Guide' concept in the field because it can help them quickly find the plant they are trying to identify. ........ About 20% of the plants covered can be found in various places across North America. Many of the plants covered are not found in other photographic guides. Highly recommended if you are in the Northern and Central Rockies, generally recommended for use in combination with other books as part of a western wild food library.
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The average reviewer rating was 5 out of 5 stars --Evaluated by John Kallas, Ph.D., Director, Wild Food Adventures 4125 N Colonial Ave, Portland, OR 97217-3338
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Next you will notice that it is color coded. The tree section is green, shrubs orange, herbs burgandy etc. Within each section the plants are divided by families.
Each plant has at least one very good color photo. Most of them have two or three! Many also have illustrations. Some of the plants are covered in one page, others take two.
A typical page is: Top of the Page: Mint Family Herbs
The mint family is a two page spread with three nice photos. It says "Wild Mints Mentha spp." Then FOOD: These plants can be eaten alone as greens, raw or cooked. . . The next paragraph is MEDICINE: The active medicinal ingredient, menthol has been shown. . . OTHER USES: These aromatic plants were hung in dwellings as air-fresheners, and they were also crushed. . .
DESCRIPTION: Glandular-dotted perenials, smelling strongly of mint. . .The Description section also included info on where the plant is likely to be found. In a colored box at the bottom of the page WARNING: Wild mint and spearmint are high in pulegone, which stimulates the uterus. . .
Each plant includes information on poisonous look-likes if any, but there is also a full section on poisonous plants.
The book also includes a glossary and an index.
Because it is difficult for any one field guide to have EVERYTHING you are looking for, I like to use this book alongside Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide by Elias and Dykeman. I also really like Linda Kershaw's other book Plants of the Rocky Mountains.
I live on Pikes Peak and, during the season -- maybe April/May through October/November, I gather fresh greens, berries, bark, leaves, etc. on many, if not most days.Read more ›
I take this book everywhere I go.
I highly recommend this book to anyone in the rocky area who wants to learn more about the plants in the area. It's great and easy to read, even for people with little to no plant knowledge! The bright colored pages make it SUPER easy to identify, plus the book will tell you if two plants look similar and how to differentiate the two.
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It’s hard to imagine this book not being in every household in Canada for historical as well as a reference. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michel (Mitch) Beaudoin
This has become one of my favorite books. Whenever I go hiking, I take pictures of plants that I am not knowledgeable on and when I get home, I look to see if they are in this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dawna Barker
I love this book!! Great photos and descriptions...it goes with me anytime I go to the woods.Published 4 months ago by Cynthia Brinkman
very good book, heavy pages that seem tobe water resistant so you are able to use it in the field without fear of the pages becoming soaked and ruined.Published 4 months ago by Jim in Idaho
Really cool book. Exactly what I was looking for as a beginner book on the subject. I wish it was slightly more detailed, especially the descriptions. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Stathas