Edible and Useful Plants of California

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University of California Press, Feb 7, 1978 - Nature - 296 pages
Both American Indians and the pioneers knew and used many different plant species-for food, fibers, medicine, tools, and other purposes. This unique book is a guide to identifying more than 220 such plants. But it goes much further-it also tells the reader how to prepare, cook, and otherwise use them. Some of the dishes for which recipes are given have won culinary prizes. All have been tested not only by the author but also by her students and by journalists-who have been uniformity surprised and impressed.

The plants are organized by habitat communities. Description, photos, drawings, and distribution information are given. Where poisonous look-alikes exist, they too are illustrated. Much fascinating information about Indian uses of native and introduced species is included.

The author emphasizes conservation considerations; the aim of the book is to educate the reader about intriguing uses of the plants, and to tell how to gather and use the most palatable and abundant species without damaging the environment.

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The is a collection of useful plants from California. Each plant has a description, and uses past and present. It includes legends and lore, as well as recipes to use with the plants. The recipe I was ... Read full review

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This is the best book on California edible plants.
Charlotte Bringle Clarke, not only provides the reader with clear and easy description of the plant, but also very interesting ethno-botanical
information and last but not least the best way to use it when camping or cooking.
You'll be amazed to see how many species are edible not only in our deserts, mountains, wetlands and coastal ecosystems, but at the heart of the city, in parks and vacant lots.
Best book ever California edible plants.
I have two copies: one for the field, one for the study!
Enjoy !


Map of Counties of California
Illustrated Glossary
Notes on Plant Preparation Techniques
Foothills and Mountains
Ponds Streams Marshes Seashore
Urban and Cultivated Areas
Obtaining Further Assistance
Suggested References
List of Phylogenetic Relationships
Index to Plant Uses
General Index

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