The Herb Society of America: New Encyclopedia of Herbs and Their Uses

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A Fresh Look At Herbs The HSA New Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses responds to the widespread interest in herbs today and the ways in which they have been used since ancient times. This comprehensive reference work supplies a wealth of information on herbs grown and used all over the world, for gardeners, herbalists, and cooks alike.

Quick Identification Guide The extensive A-Z of color photographs provides a unique identification guide. In addition to every species ...

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Overview

A Fresh Look At Herbs The HSA New Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses responds to the widespread interest in herbs today and the ways in which they have been used since ancient times. This comprehensive reference work supplies a wealth of information on herbs grown and used all over the world, for gardeners, herbalists, and cooks alike.

Quick Identification Guide The extensive A-Z of color photographs provides a unique identification guide. In addition to every species familiar to gardeners, it also includes a number of rarely seen examples from remote corners of the globe. Each photograph is accompanied by a detailed botanical description of the plant's genus and species, its growth habit, size, and flowering period. Symbols show its hardiness rating, the part of the plant that is used, and for what purpose.

An Illuminating History The general section gives detailed information on uses of each herb, from domestic applications in cooking, beauty, and medicine to commercial processing in the perfume and food industries. The traditional role of herbs in such varied cultures as Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Native American is also explored.

Practical Tips for Cultivation Garden designs and planting plans, illustrated with photographs and artworks created especially for this book, give the gardener a wealth of ideas for planting and growing herbs that can be adapted for both a smaller plot and a traditional herb garden on the grand scale.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789480316
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST, REVISED
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 11.48 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6
Author's Introduction 7
The world Herbs
Herbs through the Ages 10
Herbs in Myth and Legend 12
Herbs in Print 14
Herbs that Changed the World 16
What is an Herb? 18
Herbs in the Wild 20
North America 22
Central and South America 24
Europe 26
Africa 28
The Middle East 30
The Indian Subcontinent 32
China and its Neighbors 34
Southeast Asia 36
Australasia 38
Using Herbs 40
Culinary Herbs 42
Medicinal Herbs 44
Cosmetic Herbs 46
Cultivating Herbs 48
Style and Site 50
Choosing and Planting Herbs 52
Herbs in Containers 54
Wildflower Gardening with Herbs 56
Growing under Cover 58
Routine Garden Care 60
Propagating Herbs 62
Vegetative Propagation 64
Harvesting Your Herbs 66
Preserving Herbs 68
Designing an Herb Garden 70
Formal Garden Designs 72
Informal Garden Designs 78
Designs for a Purpose 82
Herbs among the Flowers 86
Herbs in Containers 90
A-Z of Herbs
How to Use this Section 94
Glossary of Terms 412
Herb Gardens to Visit 418
Books for Further Reading 418
Quick Index of Common Names 419
Subject Index 423
Acknowledgments 448
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2009

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    most comprehensive and useful herb book out there

    I've been growing herbs to sell for nearly ten years now, and this book has been an indispensable resource. Information is provided for a formidable array of plants, including the fruit trees and fungi that are left out of most herb books. Common and uncommon plants alike are listed. Pictures are a bit on the small side, but are very clear. Every genus listing has at least one picture, and plants with additional species & varieties have extra photos illustrating a good number of those varieties. Rock solid information about specific varieties! Descriptions and pictures have helped me identify mislabeled plants more than once.

    Arranged alphabetically by scientific name, with a handy index of common names and a glossary. Also briefly covers herbal history and discusses propagation and planting schemes. There isn't much that isn't in here!

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