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Organic Production and Use of Alternative Crops

1st Edition

By Franc Bavec, Martina Bavec

CRC Press

241 pages | 31 B/W Illus.

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Description

Merging coverage of two increasingly popular and quickly growing food trends, Organic Production and Use of Alternative Crops provides an overview of the basic principles of organic agriculture and highlights its multifunctionality with special emphasis on the conservation of rare crops and their uses. Considering more than 30 disregarded and neglected crops suitable for growth in temperate climates, each chapter covers the botany, climate conditions, cultivars, production and yield, growth and ecology, organic cultivation, harvesting, handling and storage, and utilization where the information is available and applicable to the crop under discussion. Other topics include organic production systems, the nutritional and health benefits of products, food processing, and suggestions for some homemade foods.

The authors have a wide range of experience in the growing and processing of alternative crops, the management of the processing projects, and the marketing of organic products. They have worked in close cooperation with many small scale processing activities on farms and in the food industry. Drawing on their combined experience, they provide a summary of the major problems and the knowledge base for utilization of alternative crops in new products. The broad range of coverage and interdisciplinary approach make this book a comprehensive reference and useful tool not only for the production of alternative crops but also for the development of new niche market products.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

What is Organic Agriculture?

Organic Food

Multifunctionality of Organic Agriculture

Organic Crop Production

Contribution of Organic Agriculture to the Conservation of Alternative Crops and their Utilization Development

References

CEREALS

Spelt

Einkorn

Emmer

Kamut

Triticale

Intermediate Wheatgrass

References

PSEUDOCEREALS (WITHOUT MILLETS)

Buckwheat

Quinoa

Grain Amaranths

Wild Rice

References

MILLETS

Proso Millet

Foxtail, Foxtail Millet

Pearl Millet

Finger Millet

White Fonio

Barnyard Millet

Little Millet

References

ALTERNATIVE OIL PLANTS

Oil (Seed) Pumpkins

Camelina

Safflower

White Mustard

(Garden) Poppy

References

ALTERNATIVE FIBER, ROOT, AND TUBER CROPS

Industrial and Edible-Seed Hemp

Flax

Jerusalem Artichoke

Sweet Potato

References

LEGUMES

Chickpea

Groundnut

Soybean: Small Attention to the Important Crop

Vigna: A Few Words about a Widely Spread Genus

References

SOME TRADITIONAL AND NEW KINDS OF FOOD FROM SOME ALTERNATIVE CROPS

Homemade Food from Buckwheat

Homemade Food from Amaranths

Homemade Food from Millet

References

Index

About the Authors

Bavec\, Franc; Bavec\, Martina

About the Series

Books in Soils, Plants, and the Environment

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI086000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TEC003000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General
TEC003040
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Forestry
TEC012000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Food Science