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Edible and Medicinal Plants of Canada

by (author) Andy MacKinnon, Linda Kershaw & John Arnason

Lone Pine Publishing, Partners Publishing
Initial publish date
Feb 2016
General, Herbal Medications, Reference
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2016
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  • Age: 11
  • Grade: 6


Canada is home to a vast diversity of plants that have helped nourish and heal our people for thousands of years. Find out about: * First Nations uses of plant species * Gathering and preparing wild plants for a variety of uses * Historic European uses of plant species * Plants for everything from clothing to shelter * The fundamentals of survival – food and medicines * Clear descriptions of the plants and where to find them * Warnings about plant allergies, poisons and digestive upsets * A special section identifying poisonous plants and species that are similar * More than 530 colour photographs and 125 illustrations.

About the authors

DR. JIM POJAR is executive director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Yukon chapter and spent 25 years as an internationally respected forest ecology research scientist with the B.C. Forest Service. He is the author of numerous books and scientific papers related to the boreal forest, aspen parklands and coastal ecosystems.

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Linda's interest in rare species began in 1976 with her MSc thesis on rare and endangered Canadian plants. Over the past 25 years, her work has focussed on biophysical inventories in the Yukon, NWT and Alberta. She has authored and contributed to many field guides and papers. Linda now works as a writer and editor when not pursuing her two favorite pastimes: photography and illustration.

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Librarian Reviews

Edible & Medicinal Plants of Canada

A team of biologists, botanists, ethnobotanists and nutritionists describe in this volume nearly 600 trees, shrubs, vines, herbs, sedges and grasses, and ferns indigenous to Canada. In addition, there is a separate section for poisonous plants. Detailed information is presented about the cultural history of human use of the plants by Aboriginal people and early settlers, both as food and medicine, and for other uses. Colour photographs illustrate most of the plants described. This book is a usable guide to identifying plants and an invaluable aid to identifying poisonous plants and finding which parts of plants are dangerous to ingest. Safety concerns around experimental eating are adequately addressed. The book is well-illustrated and formatted in an easy-to-use style. It is bound in a durable wipe-clean cover and will slip easily into a backpack.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2009-2010.

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