Food Plants of the Sonoran Desert

Food Plants of the Sonoran Desert

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qFood Plants of the Sanoran Desert includes not only plants such as gourds and legumes but also unexpected food sources such as palms, lilies, and cattails, all of which have provided nutrition to desert peoples. Each species entry lists recorded names and describes indigenous uses, which often include nonfood therapeutic and commodity applications. The agave, for example, is cited for its use as food and for alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, syrup, fiber, cordage, clothing, sandals, nets, blankets, lances, fire hearths, musical instruments, hedgerows, soap, and medicine, and for ceremonial purposes. The agave entry includes information on harvesting, roasting, and consumption - and on distinguishing between edible and inedible varieties.q.Salvia carduacea grows in the vicinity of Tecate (Moran 28681, DEs), where it is called cardo. ... their last chieftain who died in 1890, the battle took place long ago. ... to learn of chiaa#39;s virtues as a food source and medicine, and the Anglosa#39; interest in the plants did not wane for some time. ... along on a prospecting trip for it eliminates the weight of more bulky foods, and at the same time gives more energy.

Title:Food Plants of the Sonoran Desert
Author:Wendy C. Hodgson
Publisher:University of Arizona Press - 2001


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