Mediterranean Wild Edible Plants

Ethnobotany and Food Composition Tables

  • María de Cortes Sánchez-Mata
  • Javier Tardío

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Ethnobotany of Wild Edible Plants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. María Esperanza Torija-Isasa, María Cruz Matallana-González
      Pages 3-13
    3. Daniel Sánchez-Mata, Ramón Morales
      Pages 15-31
    4. María Molina, Manuel Pardo-de-Santayana, Javier Tardío
      Pages 81-107
  3. Nutrients and Bioactive Compounds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. María de Cortes Sánchez-Mata, María Cruz Matallana-González, Patricia Morales
      Pages 111-139
    3. Patricia García-Herrera, María de Cortes Sánchez-Mata
      Pages 141-171
    4. José Luis Guil-Guerrero, María Esperanza Torija-Isasa
      Pages 173-186
    5. Montaña Cámara, Virginia Fernández-Ruiz, Brígida María Ruiz-Rodríguez
      Pages 187-205
  4. Biological Activities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Lillian Barros, Patricia Morales, Ana Maria Carvalho, Isabel C. F. R. Ferreira
      Pages 209-232
    3. Donato Di Venere, Maria Antonia Gatto, Antonio Ippolito, Vito V. Bianco
      Pages 233-252
    4. Michael Heinrich, Sarah Kerrouche, Kawaldeep Singh Bharij
      Pages 253-269
  5. Descriptive Dossier: Botany, Uses and Food Composition Tables

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Javier Tardío, María de Cortes Sánchez-Mata, Ramón Morales, María Molina, Patricia García-Herrera, Patricia Morales et al.
      Pages 273-470
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 471-478

About this book


This book provides the latest published nutritional data about wild edible plants traditionally consumed in the Mediterranean region. This information, not usually included in nutrient databases of foods, provides insight into the revalorization of wild food species and preservation of their traditional uses. The text also presents wild edible plants as alternatives to improve the diversity of modern Mediterranean diets, as they may represent valuable sources of nutrients often lacking in modern societies, such as fiber or vitamin B9.

This work has expanded from the two initial groups, to involve different contributors, including experts from different countries, most of them bordering the Mediterranean Sea. As a result, a multidisciplinary approach has been achieved.The book is organized into four parts that deals with different aspects of wild edible plants, the last one and largest offering a detailed compilation of ethnobotanical and nutritional information about some of the most important Mediterranean wild edible plants.


Mediterranean Wild edible plants ethnobotany nutrient database pharmacology

Editors and affiliations

  • María de Cortes Sánchez-Mata
    • 1
  • Javier Tardío
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Nutrición y BromatologíaUniversidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Dept. de Investigación AgroalimentariaIMIDRAAlcalá de HenaresSpain

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