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Matthew Alfs

  Matthew Alfs' first article appeared in print in 1978 and his first book in 1984.

  Here at OTBH, we are pleased to bring you a variety of engaging books  from the mind of this inspiring herbalist, environmentalist, naturalist, and historian of religious thought.

  Upon reading any of Matthew Alfs' books, we are confident that  you will be encouraged to look at life anew!

Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants of the Midwest


Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants of the Midwest by Matthew Alfs, oversize softcover, 422pp.,171 color photos, appendices, glossary, 1,000+ references, comprehensive index. Out of print, but a new edition, integrating the book's text with the photos, will be issued by Minnesota Historical Society Press, tentatively in Autumn of 2020




     This groundbreaking study of over 400 pages discusses 100 wild plants from the upper-Midwestern USA, carefully detailing their edible and medicinal uses. Each monograph lists the plant's descriptive features, habitat, chemical constituents, edibility, and medicinal uses, as well as cautions for use. The medicinal section is most extensive, showing how the plant has been used by various cultures throughout history, as well as by the author himself (a registered clinical herbalist and naturalist).


     (of the 1st Ed. [2001], entitled Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants of Minnesota & Wisconsin)

     “A truly impressive compendium of information and lore about the art of foraging.  A beautiful section of color photographs aptly illustrates the many species of edible plants discussed and described herein. User-friendly introductions to using wild plants for food and health benefits are written in clear, concise text easily accessible to the lay reader.  A glossary, exhaustive list of references and comprehensive index round out this superbly presented and very highly recommended guide.”—Midwest Book Review,  Oregon WI

     “This comprehensive field guide is the first of its kind for the Minnesota-Wisconsin region and is a work of extensive research.... Excellent full-color photographs... highlight the features of each plant.” Wild Foods Forum Vol 12, No. 6

     “An excellent overview of 100 plants from the prairies and forests of the upper Midwest.  In-depth review of historical uses balanced with the author’s own clinical experience and practical how-to information. Good safety data and recommendations.”— Paul Bergner, editor, Medical Herbalism, & director of North American Institute of Herbal Studies, Boulder,  CO.

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