Wild food plants of popular use in Sicily.

Franca Lentini, Francesca Venza

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    In the present work the authors report the result of their food ethnobotanical researches, which have been carried out in Sicily during the last thirty years. Data concerning 188 wild species used in the traditional Sicilian cuisine are reported. The authors underline those species that are partially or completely unknown for their culinary use and they illustrate other species that local inhabitants suggested in the prevention or treatment of symptomatologies caused by a refined diet, poor in vegetables. These data want to contribute to avoid the loss of traditional knowledge on uses and recipes concerning wild food botanicals, and to encourage further studies for those species that have not yet been sufficiently researched in their food chemical and nutritional profile. These studies may also suggest new applications for a few botanicals in medico-nutritional fields. The work includes also a short review of the seaweeds and mushrooms traditionally gathered and consumed in Sicily.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-66
    JournalJournal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
    Volume3; (1):15
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Health(social science)
    • Cultural Studies
    • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
    • Complementary and alternative medicine


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