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Southwest foraging : 117 wild and flavorful edibles from barrel cactus to wild oregano /

by Slattery, John [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2016.Description: 326 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781604696509; 1604696508.Subject(s): Wild plants, Edible -- Southwestern States | Wild plants, Edible | United States -- Southwestern States
Preface: land of abundant beauty -- Foraging in the Southwest: a wild path of discovery -- Harvesting with the seasons -- Wild edible plants of the Southwest.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

"No one has advanced wild foraging in the desert Southwest as much as John Slattery." --Gary Paul Nabahn, director of the Center for Regional Food Studies, University of Arizona <br> <br> The Southwest offers a veritable feast for foragers, and with John Slattery as your trusted guide you will learn how to safely find and identify an abundance of delicious wild plants. The plant profiles in Southwest Foraging include clear, color photographs, identification tips, guidance on how to ethically harvest, and suggestions for eating and preserving. A handy seasonal planner details which plants are available during every season. Thorough, comprehensive, and safe, this is a must-have for foragers in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, southern Utah, and southern Nevada.<br>

Includes bibliographical references (page 307) and index.

Preface: land of abundant beauty -- Foraging in the Southwest: a wild path of discovery -- Harvesting with the seasons -- Wild edible plants of the Southwest.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface: Land of Abundant Beauty (p. 8)
  • Foraging in the Southwest: A Wild Path of Discovery (p. 11)
  • Harvesting with the Seasons (p. 24)
  • Wild Edible Plants of the Southwest (p. 48)
  • Algerita (p. 49)
  • Alligator weed (p. 51)
  • American bulrush (p. 53)
  • Apple (p. 55)
  • Banana yucca (p. 57)
  • Barrel cactus (p. 60)
  • Beautyberry (p. 63)
  • Bellota (p. 65)
  • Biscuit root (p. 69)
  • Black nightshade (p. 71)
  • Blue dicks (p. 73)
  • Box elder (p. 75)
  • Bracken fern (p. 78)
  • Bull nettle (p. 80)
  • Capita (p. 82)
  • Cattail (p. 84)
  • Chia (p. 87)
  • Chickweed (p. 90)
  • Chiltepin (p. 91)
  • Chokecherry (p. 93)
  • Cholla (p. 95)
  • Cocklebur (p. 98)
  • Dandelion (p. 100)
  • Dayflower (p. 102)
  • Desert hackberry (p. 104)
  • Desert willow (p. 106)
  • Devil's claw (p. 108)
  • Dewberry (p. 110)
  • Dock (p. 112)
  • Elder (p. 115)
  • Epazote (p. 119)
  • Evening primrose (p. 121)
  • Farkleberry (p. 123)
  • Filaree (p. 125)
  • Firethorn (p. 127)
  • Fragrant flatsedge (p. 129)
  • Gooseberry (p. 131)
  • Graythorn (p. 133)
  • Greenbrier (p. 135)
  • Ground cherry (p. 137)
  • Hackberry (p. 139)
  • Harebell (p. 141)
  • Henbit (p. 142)
  • Himalayan blackberry (p. 144)
  • Horseweed (p. 146)
  • Indian tea (p. 148)
  • Ironwood (p. 150)
  • Jewel flower (p. 153)
  • Jojoba (p. 155)
  • Juniper (p. 157)
  • Lamb's quarters (p. 159)
  • Lemonade berry (p. 161)
  • London rocket (p. 164)
  • Mallow (p. 166)
  • Manzanita (p. 168)
  • Mariposa lily (p. 170)
  • Melonette (p. 172)
  • Mescál (p. 174)
  • Mesquite (p. 177)
  • Mexican palo verde (p. 181)
  • Milkvine (p. 183)
  • Miner's lettuce (p. 185)
  • Monkeyflower (p. 187)
  • Mormon tea (p. 189)
  • Mountain parsley (p. 191)
  • Mulberry (p. 193)
  • Nettle (p. 195)
  • New Mexico locust (p. 197)
  • Ocotillo (p. 199)
  • Oreganiilo (p. 202)
  • Palo verde (p. 205)
  • Pamita (p. 207)
  • Pápalo quelite (p. 209)
  • Pecan (p. 210)
  • Pellitory (p. 212)
  • Pennywort (p. 214)
  • Peppergrass (p. 216)
  • Pigweed (p. 218)
  • Pincushion cactus (p. 222)
  • Pine (p. 224)
  • Pony's foot (p. 226)
  • Prickly pear (p. 228)
  • Purslane (p. 232)
  • Red bay (p. 234)
  • Red date (p. 236)
  • Red raspberry (p. 238)
  • Rocky Mountain bee plant (p. 240)
  • Saguaro (p. 242)
  • Salsify (p. 246)
  • Saya (p. 248)
  • Serviceberry (p. 250)
  • Sheep sorrel (p. 252)
  • Siberian elm (p. 254)
  • Smartweed (p. 256)
  • Snakewood (p. 258)
  • Solomon's plume (p. 260)
  • Sotol (p. 262)
  • Sow thistle (p. 264)
  • Texas persimmon (p. 266)
  • Thimbleberry (p. 268)
  • Thistle (p. 270)
  • Turk's cap (p. 272)
  • Violet (p. 274)
  • Walnut (p. 276)
  • Watercress (p. 278)
  • Wax currant (p. 280)
  • Whitestem blazing star (p. 282)
  • Whortleberry (p. 284)
  • Wild grape (p. 286)
  • Wild onion (p. 288)
  • Wild oregano (p. 290)
  • Wild plum (p. 292)
  • Wild rose (p. 294)
  • Wild strawberry (p. 296)
  • Wild sunflower (p. 298)
  • Wolfberry (p. 300)
  • Wood sorrel (p. 302)
  • Metric Conversions (p. 305)
  • Useful Internet Resources (p. 306)
  • Further Reading (p. 307)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 308)
  • Photography Credits (p. 309)
  • Index (p. 310)

Excerpt provided by Syndetics

<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">Preface: Land of Abundant Beauty My path to wild plant foods is perhaps different than most. The idea of there being desirable, useful, or easy-to-find wild plant foods was not part of my upbringing. However, I strongly gravitated toward the use of local plants as medicine while traveling for a year throughout Central and South America. Meeting with indigenous healers and herbalists throughout this journey, I began to appreciate the concept of developing relationships with plants--not just herbs as a capsule, tincture, or other product to be purchased off the shelf. This was one experience among many that opened my eyes and heart to what was available. Although my interest in wild plant foods and wild plant medicines occurred simultaneously, foraging initially took a backseat to botanical medicine. At first, I saw the pursuit of wild foods as a survival technique, a way to live as people once lived long ago. With limited opportunities to explore this style of living, I wasn't implementing many wild foods into my diet other than major foods such as mesquite meal, cholla buds, saguaro fruit, prickly pear fruit, and palo verde beans--certainly more exotic ingredients than the average person employs, but I wanted these foods to become an even bigger part of my life. I began adding them to my diet in novel and unconventional ways, parting with the traditions I had learned, and fueling my passion for wild foods with my creative impulse to cook--an impulse I've had since childhood. New creations were popping into my mind as they once did with cultivated foods. I was grinding barrel cactus seeds for flour to make bread or cooking its fruit into a chutney; combining flowering stems of wild plants to make sauerkraut; frying mesquite-breaded New Mexico locust blossoms with cinnamon in butter, topped with saguaro syrup. My perspective had shifted! I was not alone in this new viewpoint. It seems there has been an increased interest in this direction for a certain segment of our population, and the enthusiasm continues to grow. Of course, it's far from accurate to characterize this trend as new. Mesquite pods, prickly pear pads and fruit, chia seeds, amaranth greens, and other superfoods have all been part of the local cuisine in the southwestern United States for thousands of years. The region, with its tremendously varied terrain, flora, and fauna, and its rich cultural tradition of interaction with the land, has the longest continual history of agriculture within our nation--4,000 years in Tucson, Arizona. And wild plant foods, prized for their dense nutrition and rich dietary attributes (not to mention their unique and delicious flavors) have long been widely known across the globe, cherished by foragers, and often cultivated wherever they have taken root. The people here gathering wild foods to complement their daily diets are both new converts and the most recent generation of a long ancestral chain. If you have not foraged for your food, you have not yet fully lived on this Earth. Becoming fully engaged with one's senses, engaging with other life-forms as one walks across the land for the purpose of sustenance, for satiating a taste, could quite possibly encapsulate what it means to be human. Foraging is our birthright, if not our responsibility, in a sense. How else can we better take account of our home, and our surroundings, as we engage with the life around us? To those who have yet to become acquainted with our beautiful region, I invite you to discover the culinary riches that abound in the deserts, plains, forests, and mountains of the Southwest. To those who live within this area of abundant beauty, I urge you to explore more deeply--to join me on this natural path, to delight in gathering the wild foods that await. Excerpted from Southwest Foraging: 117 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Barrel Cactus to Wild Oregano by John Slattery All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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