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Edible Plants of the Gulf South Paperback – 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Allen's Native Ventures (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971862524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971862524
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #988,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rifleman on February 24, 2011
If you do not take his hands on class at his farm, then this book is worth about $10. You should have a book with good color photos to go along with it. My wife, myself and 2 of our friends went to his farm to attend his course. It's hands on! We grazed as we walked the trails behind him for about 5 hours. Then we went to his class room connected to his house for the lecture and had more wild edibles his wife prepared for us. All toll we tried a little over 100 plants. Dr Allen and his whole family eat wild plants daily. The book is good if you have a working knowledge of Botany and a book with color photos. The book was given to us as part of the class. An extra book from Dr. Allen cost $25. and he has other books at the same price. DON'T PAY MORE THAN $25. ANYMORE THAN THAT IS INSANITY!! The pages are like cheap newspaper.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Smith on March 24, 2012
I was given a copy of this book by a friend. It is, as the title suggests, a list of edible plants that grow in the Gulf South along with their uses. The author(s) seem quite knowledgeable. The text tends to be rather dry, but full of useful information. Think of this more as a regional dictionary of edible plants rather than some sort of wild food narrative.

The book lists the plants and the uses. The authors report both their own uses and other uses they have encountered in source materials ranging from historic to (possibly) oral. Unlike many books of this sort there is a comprehensive references cited section, a very comprehensive glossary of terms, and a very useful index. Latin names are given for each plant discussed (VERY important, as popular/common names may refer to entirely different plants in different areas). Generally the authors note whether the plant is invasive or native. No recipes or preparation directions are given beyond simple "can be eaten fresh/raw", "dry thoroughly", "shoots can be eaten steamed or raw". If you're looking for recipes, this isn't the book for you.

The illustrations are simple black and white line drawings. They give salient details but I would not rely on them as a sole means of identification. That's OK though - you should always verify any wild plant with multiple sources before you consume it. There are many books available that cover wide regions and have excellent color photographs, any one of those can supplement this volume, I am using Peterson's "Edible Wild Plants", for example.

If you are new to foraging/identifying plants this is NOT the first/only book you should buy.
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Since I live in Mississippi, I am very excited to find this in-depth and highly readable book on edibles for our area. It is written for the Gulf Coast and inland; but there is still a great deal of usable and pertinent info for folks in zones surrounding (I am in 8b).
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Awesome book. Not in color detail but the scientific names can be used to do more research on the web.
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