Native American Food Plants: An Ethnobotanical Dictionary

Daniel E. Moerman


Native American Food Plants: An Ethnobotanical Dictionary

Native American Food Plants: An Ethnobotanical Dictionary

  • Title: Native American Food Plants: An Ethnobotanical Dictionary
  • Author: Daniel E. Moerman
  • ISBN: 9781604691894
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Hardcover



Based on 25 years of research that combed every historical and anthropological record of Native American ways, this unprecedented culinary dictionary documents the food uses of 1500 plants by 220 Native American tribes from early times to the present Like anthropologist Daniel E Moerman s previous volume, Native American Medicinal Plants, this extensive compilation drawsBased on 25 years of research that combed every historical and anthropological record of Native American ways, this unprecedented culinary dictionary documents the food uses of 1500 plants by 220 Native American tribes from early times to the present Like anthropologist Daniel E Moerman s previous volume, Native American Medicinal Plants, this extensive compilation draws on the same research as his monumental Native American Ethnobotany, this time culling 32 categories of food uses from an extraordinary range of species Hundreds of plants, both native and introduced, are described The usage categories include beverages, breads, fruits, spices, desserts, snacks, dried foods, and condiments, as well as curdling agents, dietary aids, preservatives, and even foods specifically for emergencies Each example of tribal use includes a brief description of how the food was prepared In addition, multiple indexes are arranged by tribe, type of food, and common names to make it easy to pursue specific research An essential reference for anthropologists, ethnobotanists, and food scientists, this will also make fascinating reading for anyone interested in the history of wild and cultivated local foods and the remarkable practical botanical knowledge of Native American forbears.


Recent Comments "Native American Food Plants: An Ethnobotanical Dictionary"

History geeks will get happily lost in this culinary dictionary! It’s a scholarly resource documenting the food uses of over 1500 plants by Native American tribes, and each entry notes how the food was prepared. I came away from it staggered by the breadth of knowledge generations of indigenous people shared about plant uses. I am freshly awed and filled with admiration. How many of us could imagine living so intimately connected to the Earth?

Massive encyclopedia of native plants used for food before Columbus landed. Cross-referenced by common and Latin names and by the tribes who used them. Even tell the reader which tribes used the plants in which ways.

This is more for research purposes than actual reading. It is an exhaustive listing of plants used by Native Americans for food. I would love to have this on my shelf as a reference material to use as I came across something interesting in my garden or while out in the woods.


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