I have a huge collection of "reference" books: cookbooks, gardening, ethnobotany, crafts, DIY, etc. I've decided that it's time to tackle these books, which don't really require a "real" review. So I will be "reviewing" or "introducing" one each Friday, known now as "Referencing Friday".
Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples by Nancy J. Turner
'Food Plants of Coastal First People' describes more that 100 plants used for food by the aboriginal peoples of coastal British Columbia. Each description contains botanical details and a color photograph to help identify the plant, as well as information on the plant's habitat, its distribution along the coast and how it was used.
This is a great resource for anyone in the NW area who is seeking to learn more about edible native plants. It is for the British Columbia area, but I found it useful for Western WA and the Olympic Mountains as well.
It includes scientific name, common names, botanical description, habitat, distribution in B.C. and Aboriginal use. An image is also included for each plant. This was one of my favorite books when I lived in WA.
# Publisher: University of Washington Press
# Pub. Date: January 2007
# ISBN-13: 9780772656278