American Household Botany

American Household Botany

A History of Useful Plants, 1620-1900

Book - 2004
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In this fascinating book, a celebrated author rescues from the pages of history the practical experience and botanical wisdom of generations of Americans.

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Until recent times, people had to choose herbs and vegetables that would last through the winter, woods that would provide heat efficiently, and plant fibers sturdy enough for weaving. Sumner (medical botany, Harvard U.) examines the ways European settlers adapted the plants and the lore they brought with them to the environment of the New World, and how this combined knowledge served ordinary people up to the beginning of the twentieth century. She includes a collection of photographs and a number of period illustrations. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
In this book author Judith Sumner rescues from the pages of history the practical experience and botanical wisdom of generations of Americans. Crossing the disciplines of history, ethnobotany, and horticulture - and with a flair for the colorful anecdote - Sumner underlines part of the American story often ignored or forgotten: how European settlers and their descendents made use of the "strange" new plants they found, as well as the select varieties of foods and medicines they brought with them from other continents. From "turkie wheat" (corn) to "tuckahoe" (a Native American source of starch), Sumner describes the transition from wonderment to daily use, as homesteads were built upon and prospered from the plants of the New World.
Historians, herbalists, home gardeners, and ethnobotanists will find American Household Botany a treasure trove of original research and insight.

Publisher: Portland, Ore. : Timber Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780881926521
Characteristics: 396 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm


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