Edible Wild Plants of the Cyprus Flora

9789963839018: Edible Wild Plants of the Cyprus Flora
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This is a unique book that details all the edible wild plants of the Cyprus flora including plant description, habitat, harvesting season, cooking methods and medicinal properties.

It presents sets of 2 large sharp color photographs for each plant listed, making this book ideal for easy plant identification. This document is accessible to a broad audience as it is presented in a readable form suitable for scientific use down to a practical guide for those interested to familiarize themselves with the edible wild plants of the Cyprus Flora.

Another special feature of this book is that; for each plant mentioned, the author provides the English and botanical name followed by Greek name (in roman and Greek characters), hence this allows visitors in Cyprus to easily locate any plant listed with the help of local villagers.

The information listed on the edible wild plants is based on the following three sources:

[1] On the existing tradition of Cypriot countrymen, who have the knowledge to recognize the edible wild plants that have been used for thousands of years as a source of food.

[2] Research on the bibliography (Greek and foreign) on wild plants for their detailed nutritional and medicinal values.

[3] On the author's personal life experience on this subject.

This is the only book of its kind that deals with the Edible Wild Plants of the Cyprus Flora.

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About the Author:

Loucas Savvides received the B.Sc in Agriculture from the University of Salonica in Greece in 1965, and the M.Sc in Irrigation Engineering from University of California at Davis under a scholarship from F.A.O. (Food and Agriculture Organization) of United Nations.

From 1965 to 1979, he worked for the Ministry of Agriculture of Cyprus as an Agricultural Officer at first, then Irrigation Engineer - Topographer, where he mapped and prepared the "Land Use Map of Cyprus" in 1974.

In 1979, he left to join an Agricultural Development Project in Nigeria for the IBRD (International Bank for Reconstruction Development) under the World Bank for three years.

Since joining F.A.O in 1982 as a Senior Irrigation Engineer, he completed various Irrigation projects in various Gulf countries. Mr. Savvides has also given training lectures at various workshops in different parts of the world. He holds patents on sprinkler and tensiometer designs.


...a praiseworthy effort to accumulate this knowledge in his book “Edible Wild Plants of Cyprus Flora”. -- Dr. Costas Kadis, Officer of the Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus.

Edible Wild Plants of the Cyprus Flora is a fascinating and beautifully put together account of the hidden treasures... -- Martyn Henry, Editor of " The Cyprus Weekly" newspaper

We are living in a time where man has grown apart from nature and has paid the highest price... -- Costas Themistokleous,Minister of Agriculture of Cyprus, Natural Resources and Environment.

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