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Food Plants of the World

Food Plants of the World

Identification, Culinary Uses and Nutritional Value

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By B van Wyk

June 2019 / Hardback / 512 Pages / 9781789241303 £49.99 / €59.99 / $69.99
With 10% online discount: £44.99 / €53.99 / $62.99

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Main Description

Food Plants of the World is a comprehensive overview of the commercially important plants that provide us with food, beverages, spices and flavours. It includes descriptions of around 380 food and flavour plants and their close relatives. For each plant, the following information is given: plant description, origin & history, cultivation & harvesting, culinary uses & properties, and nutritional value.

This revised edition is thoroughly updated throughout, and will include ~ 30 additional species, as well as an introduction to functional foods.

This is an indispensable reference guide for anyone interested in the botanical origin of food ingredients and flavours.


Suitable for researchers and students in botany, horticulture and food science, as well as anyone interested in plants and / or food who may want to use the book as an illustrated mini encyclopaedia.

  • 0: (Contents of current edition)
  • 1: Preface
  • 2: Intro
  • 3: Regions of origin
  • 4: Cereals
  • 5: Pulses (legumes)
  • 6: Nuts and seeds
  • 7: Fruits
  • 8: Vegetables
  • 9: Culinary herbs
  • 10: Sugars, gums, gels and starches
  • 11: Beverages
  • 12: Spices and flavours
  • 13: The plants in alphabetical order
  • 14: Nutrients, diets and health
  • 15: Quick guide to food plants
  • 16: Glossary
  • 17: Further reading

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