Wild Edible Underutilized Plants explores the role of wild plants in human nutrition—a topic that continues to take precedence in various fields of research. Despite the increasing evidence on past and present nutritional roles of wild edible plants, the use of these resources is often overlooked and neglected in countless policy areas. This book emphasizes the importance of these plants and explores their relevance to sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, and public health in different agro-ecological regions.
The book implements a conceptual approach to wild plants, focusing on the benefits of incorporating these plants into people’s diets and daily lives and the advantage they will provide to future generations. The book also addresses widespread issues of scarcity, proposing solutions that promote food sovereignty and security.
The book begins by first discussing the nutritional aspects of wild edible plants to explore their value as a source of vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, minerals, and other nutrients. It then continues to elaborate on the anti-nutritional elements of these plants, providing a comprehensive overview of their utility.
“A commendable work . . . a well-written, well-synthesized, and well-illustrated book on wild edible underutilized plants. . . . It is covers different facets of wild edible plant genetic resources activities, namely survey and documentation of tribal edible plants; consumption patterns; nutritional and anti-nutritional aspects; and nutraceutical aspects, with pictorial representations of wild plants in natural conditions.. . . I am indeed very happy that Dr. Veerabahu Mohan has brought [this book] based on his vast experiences in the field of plant genetic resources over three decades. This book will be of immense value to the graduate and postgraduate students, teachers, and researchers. It is hoped that this book will create considerable interest and greater concern in comprehending the uses of native edible plants, their diversity, conservation, and potential present and future uses.”
—From the foreword by Dr. N. Sivaraj, Principal Scientist (Economic Botany & Plant Genetic Resources), ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, India
1. Introduction 2. Study Area 3. Life Style of the Tribals 4. Materials and Methods 5. Exploration of Wild Edible Underutilized Plants 6. Nutraceutical 7. Conclusion