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The Lost Crops of the Incas: Little-Known Plants of the Andes with Promise for Worldwide Cultivation Paperback – April 19, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Books for Business (April 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894991973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894991974
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,035,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Greg Caton on April 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
I first read this book several years ago, and only later found myself living in the high Andes on my own farm in Ecuador. At my altitude (2,750 to 3,000 meters) over 75% of the plants mentioned in this book can be cultivated. In my opinion, this book is irreplaceable. I have found no other book like it. It is packed with useful information that you can use to grow these plants if you live in "The Land of the Incas." In fact, it's loaded with information that even the locals here no longer know.

I understand why this book is so expensive and/or no longer in print. It serves a small audience. But if you live in a tropical highland biome (even the big island of Hawaii) where these plants will thrive, you will not find another practical book like it --- no matter how hard you look.

I know. I've tried.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Dunlap on August 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
The book is a little dry, but you'd expect that from something by the National Research Council. The information within is concise, well-organized and extremely impressive. Have you ever heard of Tarwi before? No? Well it could be the next big bean to replace soy. It just needs a little R & D.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark S MacLachlan on February 18, 2003
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I found this book full of very useful information of food plants from the high altitudes of the Andes. The book also has lower altitude plants used by the Incas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stewart a jackson on March 19, 2015
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A fantastic revelation of "unknown" crops applicable to much of the world. Having traveled in a great many regions where self sufficiency is lacking because of simple 'Know-how" this book creates many avenues of experimentation and application of old foods for new areas in need.

Cultivation of quinoa and lentils in Saskatchewan, Canada, on a commercial basis are good examples of a crop "transplanted" into an environment suitable for large scale production and redistribution throughout the world.

Desert-derived plants with the ability to "milk" water from the air are most promising in areas of little rainfall and their testing in new areas holds great promise.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark S MacLachlan on February 18, 2003
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I found this book full of very useful information of food plants from the high altitudes of the Andes. The book also has lower altitude plants used by the Incas.
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