Author: Charles W. Kane
Publisher: Lincoln Town Press (2013)
Paperback: 52 pp.
Designed as a primer to the wild edible plant life of southern parts of the state, Southern California Food Plants is a booklet best serving the hiker, camper, hunter, or prepper, who desires a fact-based overview to 50 common regional wild edibles. Not a fancy recipe book designed for the coffee table, nor a collection of homey antidotes well suited for bedtime reading, but rather a publication for the cargo pocket, backpack, glovebox, or bug-out-bag, SCFP is written with a clear, uncomplicated, and just-the-facts type of approach: think CliffNotes.
Every profile is accompanied by 1-2 color photos, common and scientific names, and sections describing the plant’s range and habitat, edible use and preparation, and medicinal use and cautions (if pertinent). Readers will also find each plant’s sustenance rating (low, medium, or high) and county-by-county California location maps (one for every profile) unique additions that separate it from other similarly-titled publications.
Plant list: Agave, Amaranth, Asparagus, Biscuitroot, Blackberry, Bluedicks, Bulrush, California Walnut, Cattail, Chia, Chokecherry, Cholla, Desert Lily, Elder, Evening Primrose, Fan Palm, Fennel, Ground Cherry, Jojoba, Lambsquarters, Lemonade Berry, Manzanita, Mariposa Lily, Mesquite, Miner’s Lettuce, Monkey Flower, Nettle, Oak, Pinyon Pine, Plantain, Prickly Pear, Purslane, Ribes, Salsify, Serviceberry, Sorrel, Toyon, Tule, Watercress, Wild Carrot, Wild Gourd, Wild Grape, Wild Mustard, Wild Oats, Wild Onion, Wild Rhubarb, Wild Sunflower, Wolfberry, Yellow Nutsedge, Yucca.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Author, researcher, and clinician, Charles W. Kane has been utilizing native edible and medicinal plants for over 30 years. His titles include: Medicinal Plants of the American Southwest (2006/2009/2011), Herbal Medicine: Trends and Traditions (2009), Sonoran Desert Food Plants (2011/2017), Southern California Food Plants (2013), Wild Edible Plants of Texas (2016), Medicinal Plants of the Western Mountain States (2017), Wild Edible Plants of Arizona (2019), and Wild Edible Plants of New Mexico (2019).