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The definitive guide to the identification, cultivation, and uses of 1,000 herbs. The Herb Society of America's Encyclopedia of Herbs and their Uses is the most authoritative illustrated encyclopedia of herbs yet produced. It covers over 1000 herbs grown worldwide for their culinary, aromatic, medicinal, and economic uses, as well as for their decorative qualities in the garden. The HSA Encyclopedia of Herbs and their Uses responds to the widespread contemporary interest in herbs and the ways in which they have been used since ancient times. This comprehensive reference work provides a wealth of information on herbs grown and used all over the world, for gardeners, herbalists and cooks alike. The extensive catalog of color photographs provides a unique color 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 hardiness, the part of the plant that is used, and for what purpose. The dictionary section gives detailed information on uses of each herb, domestic applications in cooking, beauty and medicine to commercial processing in the perfume and food industries. Uses in Chinese, Ayurvedic, and native American medicine are given, and a boxed section after each genus describes how it grows and is harvested. Garden designs and planting plans , illustrated with photographs and artworks created especially for this book, provide the gardener with a wealth of ideas for planting and growing herbs, adaptable for both the smaller plot and the complete traditional herb garden on the grand scale.
A valuable resource for all libraries. (Library Journal)
Here is the most comprehensive and wide-ranging book devoted entirely to herbs. More than 1500 herb photographs, taken in herb collections all over the world, are combined with descriptions of well over 1000 species, varieties, hybrids, and cultivars.
Specially commissioned artworks illustrate designs for herb gardens, both formal and informal, for all sizes of garden. Illustrated sections present the many facets of herbs -- the history of herb cultivation, myth and folklore, and the contribution of herbs to the advancement of medicine.
The Herb Catalog
Herbs from all over the world are listed alphabetically by genus. The plant portraits show many rarely seen herbs alongside botanical information, symbols showing the parts used, and associations in history or legend.
The Herb Dictionary
A complete A-Z of herbs describes their growth and harvest as well as their culinary, aromatic, medicinal, and economic uses, making this the definitive reference work on this compelling subject.