Sonoran Desert Food Plants by Charles W. Kane
Edible Uses for the Desert's Wild Bounty

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Newly Revised and Expanded for 2014

Sonoran Desert Food Plants is specifically designed for the hiker, camper, hunter, or survivalist who is in need of a concise, no-nonsense booklet instructing on the collection, preparation, and utilization of 53 regional edible plants. Essentially: find it, gather it, and eat it. 106 color photos, state-by-state location maps, common and scientific names, preparation and toxicity issues, and concise medicinal and related ethnobotanical uses serve as accents making Sonoran Desert Food Plants a must-have desert-rat resource.

The following plants are covered (45 indigenous to the Sonoran Desert/Uplands and 8 non-native yet abundant): Agave, Amaranth, Barrel Cactus, Beargrass, Bluedicks, Bowlesia, Canyon Walnut, Catclaw, Cattail, Chia, Chickweed, Cholla, Desert Hackberry, Desert Hollygrape, Devil's Claw, Elder, Filaree, Flameflower, Graythorn, Ground Cherry, Hedgehog Cactus, Ironwood, Jewels of Opar, Jojoba, Lambsquarters, Lemonade Berry, Mallow, Mariposa lily, Mesquite, Miner's Lettuce, Monkey Flower, Ocotillo, Paloverde, Papalo, Pincushion Cactus, Poreleaf, Prickly Pear, Saguaro, Sow Thistle, Texas Mulberry, Thistle, Tumbleweed, Watercress, Wild Carrot, Wild Gourd, Wild Lettuce, Wild Mustard, Wild Oats, Wild Rhubarb, Wild Sunflower, Wolfberry, Yucca (Fruit), and Yucca (Stalk).

Readers will also find Kane's approach to the material refreshingly objective and on-target: no philosophical ramblings and epicurean cookbook recipes, just stripped-down, sensical information on how to best utilize the most common wild desert food plants of the Sonoran region.

Printed and bound in the USA.

Check out Kane's Medicinal Plants of the American Southwest for a more in-depth approach to the utilization of southwestern plants for medicine.


About Charles W. Kane

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Considered a leading authority on wild plant medicines, Charles W. Kane's books are found from Harvard's botany library to coffee tables and truck stops. Yearly he conducts 'Studies in Western Herbal Medicine', a hands-on 5-month long plant medicine course. He is a veteran of the war on terrorism and lives in southern Arizona.
Published August 1, 2011 by Lincoln Town Press. 56 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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