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A Field Guide to the Native Edible Plants of New Zealand,

By Andrew Crowe

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Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Published In: New Zealand, 04 May 2004
A practical field guide to New Zealand's native edible plants. Over 190 trees, shrubs, herbs, ferns, mushrooms, lichens and seaweeds are described in detail in this useful and attractive book, with information on which part is edible and when, how plants have been utilised, particularly by Maori, their nutritional value, and where they can be found. In a separate section, Andrew Crowe also describes important poisonous plants that are native to New Zealand or are likely to be confused with the edible plants. Illustrated with line drawings and colour photographs, this informative book will be of interest to trampers, botanists and all who appreciate New Zealand's native flora.

About the Author

Andrew Crowe is a bestselling author with a special interest in helping make nature accessible to beginners of all ages. He has written over 40 nature books covering seashells, insects, spiders, birds and other animals and plants. Andrew has won numerous New Zealand book awards, including the Margaret Mahy Medal in 2009 for his overall contribution to children's literature and the Ashton Wylie Award in 2005 for a biography for teenagers on the Dalai Lama.

EAN: 9780143019220
ISBN: 0143019228
Publisher: Penguin Books (NZ)
Dimensions: 18.9 x 12.3 x 2.5 centimetres (0.16 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Customer on
A good read. Comprehensive book wchich covers a number of different food types, has sections on mushrooms/fungi and seaweeds as well. I far prefer photos to line drawings and this book has plenty of photos. It also quotes info from different sources, plus the author's own experience and advice, which is excellent. Highly recommended.
Ted on
I am delighted with this very interesting and informative reference book. In particular it is good to see actual photographs of various plants included, I am reluctant to rely purely on sketches.
Already I have taken the odd nibble of plants found around our 1 acre property in Parau, (Titirangi) and also during my walks through various tracks here in the Waitakere Ranges.
Warmly recommended.
John on
I find the book very informative. Is what I am after. It has a lot of information of plants in the new zealand bush. It will be very helpful.
However would like more pictures of the plant in colour. Page numbering on the pictures is not there. Manybe more description of the plants so easier to identify.
Cathy on
Awesome book full of good information, helpful in knowing which plants are safe for me and others to eat.

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