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Edible Medicinal and Non-Medicinal Plants

Volume 1, Fruits

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  • © 2012


  • Multi compendium format covering over 1000 edible medicinal and non-medicinal plants: fruits, vegetables, culinary herbs, pulses, cereals, spices and condiments, root crops, beverages, mushrooms, edible oils and stimulants
  • Each volume covering 100 species with 300-350 coloured plates/volume to help identify the plant and plant parts which are edible and so used
  • For each plant, detailed and up-to date information is provided: on its botanical name and synonyms; common English and vernacular names; origin and distribution; agroecological requirements; edible plant parts and uses; plant botany; nutritive and medicinal/pharmacological values, medicinal uses and relevant up-to-date research; other uses; and cited and selected references for further reading.
  • Each volume will have a separate index for scientific and common names and separate scientific and medical glossaries.

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This multi-compendium  is a comprehensive, illustrated and scientifically up-to-date work covering  more than a thousand species of  edible medicinal and non-medicinal plants. This work will be of significant interest to scientists, researchers, medical practitioners, pharmacologists, ethnobotanists, horticulturists, food nutritionists, agriculturists, botanists, herbalogists,  conservationists,  teachers, lecturers, students and the general public. Topics covered include: taxonomy (botanical name and synonyms); common English and vernacular names; origin and distribution; agro-ecological requirements; edible plant part and uses; botany; nutritive and medicinal/pharmacological properties, medicinal uses and current research findings;  non-edible uses; and selected/cited  references.  Each volume covers about a hundred species arranged according to families and species. Each volume has  separate  scientific and common names indices and separate scientific and medical glossaries.


From the reviews:

“This remarkable book devotes over 800 pages to plant families whose names begin with the first three letters of the Latin alphabet starting with Actinidaceae (kiwi fruit) and ending with Cycadaceae (cycads). … The author summarizes antioxidant, anticancer, and antimicrobial activities of the plants, along with reports of antivenin, radioprotective, and antiaging properties, some of which are cited in preliminary studies only. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; informed general readers.” (S. Hammer, Choice, Vol. 49 (11), July, 2012)

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  • Canberra, Australia

    Lim T. K.

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