Originally titled Edible and Useful Plants of Texas and the Southwest, this guide still focuses primarily on Texas, and the 2013 expansion with more information about Arizona and New Mexico makes it even more relevant to the Big Bend region.
All around us there are wild plants good for food, medicine, clothing, and shelter, but most of us don't know how to identify or use them. Delena Tull amply supplies that knowledge in this book, one of the first focused specifically on plants that grow in Texas and surrounding regions of the South and Southwest.
Extensively illustrated with black-and-white drawings and color photos, this book includes the following special features:
- Recipes for foods made from edible wild plants.
- Wild teas and spices.
- Wild plant dyes, with instructions for preparing the plants and dying wool, cotton, and other materials.
- Instructions for preparing fibers for use in making baskets, textiles, and paper.
- Information on wild plants used for making rubber, wax, oil, and soap.
- Information on medicinal uses of plants.
- An identification guide to hay fever plants and plants that cause rashes.
- Instructions for distinguishing edible from poisonous berries.
- Detailed information on poisonous plants, including poison ivy, oak, and sumac, as well as herbal treatments for their rashes.
- A practical guide including recipes (wild teas and spices), natural dyes, harmful plants and textile fibers.
Author Delena Tull holds a Ph.D. in science education from the University of Texas at Austin. She lived in Central Texas for more than 20 years.
University of Texas Press, 2013. 5.5" x 8" paperback, 456 pages with 57 color photos in a 16 page section