Edible and Medicinal Plants of Canada

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★★★★☆
4.02 • 46 Ratings

Written by not one but a group of experts—this is a great companion for plant identification throughout Canada, specially focusing on edible and medicinal plants and featuring over 600 hundred species depicted and described in detail.

The book is divided into sections based on plant growth forms: trees, shrubs, vines, herbs, grasses, ferns and also contains a section on poisonous plants. Within each section the plants are grouped together by family/similarity for ease of comparison.

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Also included at the front of the book is a pictorial guide with photographs of each plant, to help make identification easier.

Each entry refers to the plant’s potential uses for food, medicine, other uses (such as for personal hygiene, shelter, clothing etc.) and contains a detailed description of the plant, including a number of photos and illustrations showing leaves, bark, berries etc. Some entries also contain warnings about toxicity, allergens and irritants.

Concise, detailed, with an abundance of information: this guide is an excellent companion for anyone seeking knowledge of plants to nourish and heal, in the Canadian wilderness.

As always, utmost care should be used when consuming wild foods, no one book should be relied upon: always seek expert advice and only consume wild plants when you are completely certain of their safety.

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