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The Lost Crops of the Incas: Little-Known Plants of the Andes with Promise for Worldwide Cultivation [Paperback]

Research Coun National Research Council , National Research Council


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April 19 2005
In an age when society often believes "newer" is better, what happens when something "new" on the market is actually almost five centuries old? That is exactly the case with dozens of tasty, fascinating fruits, vegetables, and tubers that were once grown by the Incas at a time when their empire extended throughout the Andes in South America and that have now been "found" by researchers. This fascinating, readable volume is filled with enticing, detailed information about more than thirty different Incan crops that promise to become important contributors to the world's food supply. The New York Times Book Review calls Lost Crops of the Incas a book that will "... inspire those with an interest in agriculture and an entrepreneurial spirit to experiment with these obscure plants of the Inca Empire."

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Ad Hoc Panel of the Advisory Committee on Technology Innovation, Board on Science and Technology for International Development, National Research Council --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endlessly Fascinating Aug. 31 2006
By Andrea Dunlap - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book is a little dry, but you'd expect that from something by the National Research Council. The information within is concise, well-organized and extremely impressive. Have you ever heard of Tarwi before? No? Well it could be the next big bean to replace soy. It just needs a little R & D.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highland plants of economic value found here Feb. 18 2003
By Mark S MacLachlan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found this book full of very useful information of food plants from the high altitudes of the Andes. The book also has lower altitude plants used by the Incas.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highland plants of economic value found here Feb. 18 2003
By Mark S MacLachlan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found this book full of very useful information of food plants from the high altitudes of the Andes. The book also has lower altitude plants used by the Incas.
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