Edible Plants of the Arctic

A.E. Porsild


Contains an introductory discussion of the vitamin value, use and storage of plant food by the Eskimos, Chukchis and white men; preferences in plants or their parts used for consumption; preparation of plant foods. Then follows an account (with illus.) of some 40 species of edible plants of the Arctic, including lichens, mushrooms, and seaweeds, whose fruit and berries, roots, tubers, leaves, etc. are eaten, used as potherbs, or for preparation of beverages, "pickles," etc. Descriptions of the individual plants are followed by notes on their distribution, localities where usually found, parts eaten, way of preparation, etc. Poisonous plants of the northern forest are noted and figured (p. 17, 32). This paper was originally prepared for Dr. Vilhjalmur Stefansson's Encyclopedia arctica.


Mushrooms; Vitamins

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14430/arctic3863

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