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Edible and Useful Plants of California (California Natural History Guides) Paperback – February 7, 1978
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This would probably be one of the best books for an amateur to get their feet wet identifying plants because it limits itself to one topic and many of the easier species to identify. Plus you'll learn about how various plants they have been used in the past and continue to be useful today.
For example, to mention just one, ceanothus, of which there are about 40 species in California, was used both as a tea substitute and tobacco substitute by the early settlers. And it's easily identifiable by the three prominent veins on the underside of the leaf, as well as the small, pretty clusters of violet flowers. Most of the 40 odd species are low growing herbs or bushes, but the largest species can be a 40 foot tall tree.
Overall, a fine book and one that imparts a lot of fun, useful information.
However that aside. This is one of the most complete and useful books I have came across for edible plants in California and would highly recommend to anyone looking to eat in California.
To make up for the short comming's I purchased the National Audubon Field Guide to California, which is nothing but actual photographs with the name of each included, but strongly lacks in the area of what'ws edible. Between both books you can actually determine what's edible and what it looks like.
If you are interested in wild plants, this is a good book for identification. The recipes provided are easy and delicious. I have already prepared Purslane (Verdolaga) in her recipe titled, "Verdolagas Con Queso" -- Excellent! There are many more I can't wait to try. Excellent book by Charlotte Bringle Clarke.
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I'll start by saying that the book is copyrighted 1977, it has very few color pictures, (basically a center portion with about a dozen) the rest are hand drawn and can be a little... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
A good book with lots of identification and application information. I just wish it didn't rely so heavily on drawings to identify plants. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gabriel Catalano
A lot of interesting information. Would have liked more pictures but the descriptions of the plants a extensive.Published 14 months ago by Cynthia's Site
One of the few plant books that I really use. You should get a full color plant book to help assist with identification.Published 17 months ago by James Christensen
I was disappointed that all of the pictures inside were not in color. It is a bit difficult to identify a plant accurately without a color photo go help me to be absolutely sure.Published 17 months ago by Sheryl Tankersley
Awesome book for beginners looking to learn bout California's edible plants. I would definitely recommend as a starter book leading to a more scientific book later.Published 22 months ago by Jessica
This book was Ok. I hoped it would have better pictures. Not all that many plants listed What was described was well putPublished on June 6, 2014 by Carmen Tami