Lost Crops of the Incas: Little-Known Plants of the Andes with Promise for Worldwide Cultivation
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Lost Crops of the Incas:
Little-Known Plants of the Andes with Promise for Worldwide Cultivation
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This fascinating, readable volume is filled with enticing, detailed information about more than 30 different Incan crops that promise to follow the potato's lead and become important contributors to the world's food supply. Some of these overlooked foods offer special advantages for developing nations, such as high nutritional quality and excellent yields. Many are adaptable to areas of the United States.

Lost Crops of the Incas includes vivid color photographs of many of the crops and describes the authors' experiences in growing, tasting, and preparing them in different ways. This book is for the gourmet and gourmand alike, as well as gardeners, botanists, farmers, and agricultural specialists in developing countries.


  • Agriculture — Crop and Plant Production
  • Biology and Life Sciences — Animals, Plants and Other Organisms

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428 pages | 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-309-07461-2

Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-xii
Introduction 1-21
Part I: Roots and Tubers 22-25
Achira 26-37
Ahipa 38-45
Arracacha 46-55
Maca 56-65
Mashua 66-73
Mauka 74-81
Oca 82-91
Potatoes 92-103
Ulluco 104-113
Yacon 114-123
Part II: Grains 124-127
Kaniwa 128-137
Kiwicha 138-147
Quinoa 148-161
Part III: Legumes 162-163
Basul 164-171
Nunas- Popping Beans 172-179
Tarwi 180-189
Part IV: Vegetables 190-193
Peppers 194-201
Squashes and Their Relatives 202-209
Part V: Fruits 210-211
Berries 212-221
Capuli Cherry 222-227
Cherimoya 228-239
Goldenberry- Cape Gooseberry 240-251
Highland Papayas 252-261
Lucuma 262-265
Naranjilla- Lulo 266-275
Pacay- Ice-Cream Beans 276-285
Passionfruits 286-295
Pepino 296-305
Tamarillo- Tree Tomato 306-316
Part IV: Nuts 317-317
Quito Palm 318-322
Walnuts 323-326
A Selected Readings 327-342
B Centers of Andean Crop Research 343-346
C Research Contacts 347-398
D Biographical Sketches of Panel Members 399-400
Index of Plants 401-407
Advisory Committee on Technology Innovation 408-408
BOSTID Publications 409-416
Picture Plates 417-428
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National Research Council. Lost Crops of the Incas: Little-Known Plants of the Andes with Promise for Worldwide Cultivation. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 1989.

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