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Matthew Alfs

Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants of the Midwest

Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants of the Midwest

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The potential benefits of wild plants for human health and well-being are wide-ranging. But knowing which plants to use, and how, for edible and medicinal purposes requires a deep understanding of the characteristics and qualities of these species in the wild. Whether you are seeking an herbal remedy for a specific ailment or simply want to make the most of the natural bounty that surrounds us, you need look no further than this groundbreaking study.

Collected here are insightful tips and detailed descriptions relating to the edibility and healing potential of more than one hundred wild plants. Drawing on expansive personal experience as well as more than a thousand scientific and ethnobotanical studies, author Matthew Alfs offers tips on foraging for and identifying the plants growing in the fields, meadows, and woods of the Midwest. He provides detailed lists of plants for specific physiological functions and offers instructions for processing the plants to maximize their edible and medicinal properties. Now in its third edition, this book includes full-color photos, a glossary, and an extensive resource list to supplement the plant descriptions, making it the ultimate resource for the edible and medicinal aspects of wild plants of the Upper Midwest.

384 pages
Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11.0 inches

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