This reference book covering 122 plant species is the result of an 80-day walk across Kansas and eastern Colorado. A general discussion of the Prairie Bioregion precedes individual descriptions which include common, American Indian, and scientific names and what they mean. Also included are a formal description, discussion of food uses, and cultivation information. The food use information is gleaned from an extensive list of references, spiced with the author's own experience in preparing and eating these foods. This is the first book on edible plants of the region and should be a valuable reference for botanical, regional and North American Indian lore collections. Drawings not seen. Katharine Galloway Garstka, Intergraph Corp., Huntsville, Ala.
Unique and important. . . . A definitive contribution to the study
of wild edible plants and American Indian ethnobotany.--E.
Barrie Kavasch, author of Native American Harvests: Recipes
and Botanicals of the American Indian
Whether you simply like prairie plants, want to diversify your diet, plan to recreate Grandma's plum jam, or are a scholar comparing tribal uses, this book is an invaluable reference.--Great Plains QuarterlyThis book is semi-popular in nature, containing much information useful to the professional yet accessible to the non-specialist as well.--Journal of EthnobiologyA fascinating and readable book, which will please a wide audience from historians and anthropologists to amateur naturalists, botanists and the home gardener.--Missouri Prairie Journal