Survey of wild food plants for human consumption in Elazig (Turkey)


POLAT R., ÇAKILCIOĞLU U., Ulusan M. D. , PAKSOY M. Y.

INDIAN JOURNAL OF TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE, cilt.14, ss.69-75, 2015 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 14 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2015
  • Dergi Adı: INDIAN JOURNAL OF TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.69-75

Özet

This study aims to record accumulation of knowledge on plants which are used as food by local people of Elazig that has a rich culture and a very natural environment. Field study was carried out over a period of approximately two years (2010-2011). During this period, 92 vascular plant specimens were collected. The plants were pressed in the field and prepared for identification. A total of 62 food plants belonging to 28 families were identified in the region. There is no detailed information in the literature with regard to the use of brevipes for human nutrition. It is certained that wild plants being used for nutritional purposes by human beings are also used for medicinal purposes. Highlighting the importance of flora and ethnobotanical inventory studies in terms of the protection and use of plant sources, what is required is the cultivation of endangered plant species, establishment of seedbanks for these plants, recording of their natural habitat as well as conducting studies in order to raise public awareness.