By Cecil Still
Plant species are being misplaced ahead of we realize their strength as resources of latest drugs. this is often both real for the vegetation on the subject of domestic. New Jersey (NJ) is awfully wealthy in plant assets. This vol. describes 500 position species present in NJ & in within sight components which were used medicinally. Lists crops via relatives &, inside every one relatives, by means of genus & species, to underscore the shut relationships between medicinally important species. every one access discusses either the ordinary background & the old & smooth medicinal makes use of of the plant: medical & universal names, description, habitat, geographic diversity, & arrangements & functions in local Amer., ecu, African, & Asian natural traditions. such a lot species are illus. with line drawings. thesaurus.
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Acer negundo (ashleaf, box elder, water ash) is a 40- to 70-foot native and escaped tree found in both northern and southern New Jersey along river banks and in fertile woods. Twigs are green and glossy, and leaves are pinnate, with three to seven leaflets, (with three leaflets it has been mistaken for poison ivy), the end leaflet larger than the lateral leaflets. Leaflets may be toothless or coarsely toothed. The fruit is a double samara. Native Americans prepared a decoction or infusion of the inner bark syrup or sugar to produce a nutritious food.
The solvent is then evaporated to produce a concentrate that is usually very viscous and quite stable. In research laboratories and commercial production, a maximally concentrated, solvent-free extract can also be obtained using high pressure and gases such as carbon dioxide in relatively sophisticated techniques. Volatile compounds are collected by various techniques of distillation. Oils and other products for external use are best prepared from dried materials in mineral oil, cooking/salad oil, white petrolatum, or other solvents such as lanolin.
Prolonged boiling produces maple syrup and, on drying, maple sugar. Cracked corn (grits) can be boiled in two volumes of water to produce a firm mass that is then mixed with maple Page 20 syrup or sugar to produce a nutritious food. Maple vinegar can be mixed with maple syrup or sugar to produce a flavorful sauce for cooking meats. The inner bark of maple trees may be dried, powdered, sifted to remove woody elements, and baked to produce a flat bread. Seeds can be removed from the samara, boiled, and eaten hot.