Buried Treasures: Tasty Tubers of the World

Buried Treasures: Tasty Tubers of the World

by Beth Hanson, Steve Buchanan
     
 
Moving beyond the usual crops of potatoes and yams, this sourcebook offers up a feast of tropical and hardy tubers that are easy to grow, great to look at, and delicious to eat. In addition to being a fascinating culinary history, it provides detailed tips for buying, growing, harvesting, and cooking each of the featured vegetables. Tropical giants like elephant ears

Overview

Moving beyond the usual crops of potatoes and yams, this sourcebook offers up a feast of tropical and hardy tubers that are easy to grow, great to look at, and delicious to eat. In addition to being a fascinating culinary history, it provides detailed tips for buying, growing, harvesting, and cooking each of the featured vegetables. Tropical giants like elephant ears and yautia provide exotic accents in a summer border or container, then easily move indoors when the days get cooler. Hardy plants like North American Natives spring beauty and Jack-in-the-Pulpit can stay in the ground all year-round, providing an appealing floral display in spring and hearty nourishment in fall. The dozens of inspired recipes make this a must-have for adventurous gardeners and gourmet chefs alike.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Unusual edible roots, tubers, corms, and rhizomes are the subject of the newest entry edited by Hanson (after The Tree Care Primer) in the publisher's series. These affordable guides, attractively illustrated with color photographs, cover their subjects in a concise, easy-to-understand manner. Potatoes are the tubers that first come to mind, but there are a host of other lesser-known tropical and hardy edible tubers. The book opens with the history and domestication of tubers followed by an encyclopedia of over 30 edible tubers, arranged by scientific name. Each two-page entry includes common name(s), a brief overview, ornamental attributes, growing tips, propagation, USDA hardiness zones, cultivars and related species, cooking and eating details, and nutritional value. There are also suggestions for how to winter over tropical plants if gardeners live in northern climates. Recipes for selected tubers, information on foraging for wild tubers, general propagation techniques, and buying information round out this useful little book. A "Tubers at a Glance" table summarizes the information. Recommended for public and botanical libraries.
—Sue O'Brien

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781889538341
Publisher:
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Series:
Brooklyn Botanic Garden All-Region Guide Series
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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