Some Wild Edible Plants of Tosya District (Kastamonu, Turkey)

Gamze Tuttu, Gokhan Abay, Sinasi Yildirimli


The study was carried out between 2014-2016 to determine the ethnobotanical characteristics of the Tosya district. For this purpose, in the field studies, Tosya center and villages have been visited and plant specimens were collected and to get information about the used parts of plants. Their local names and their usage patterns were recorded. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with 200 people which are 110 female and 90 male. In addition, a survey about ‘edible plants’ was applied to 217 people. According to the results of the interviews and surveys, 22 natural plant taxa, the most common use as food, were determined. These are: Scorzonera laciniata subsp. laciniata, Taraxacum serotinum, Tragopogon latifolius var. angustifolius, Tragopogon longirostris var. abbreviatus, Capsella bursa-pastoris, Sinapis arvensis, Silene vulgaris var. vulgaris, Stellaria media subsp. media, Chenopodium album subsp. album var. album, Bryonia alba, Origanum sipyleum, Thymus sipyleus subsp. rosulans, Malva sylvestris, Plantago lanceolata, Plantago major subsp. major, Polygonum cognatum, Rumex acetosella, Rumex crispus, Rumex obtusifolius, Rumex scutatus, Portulaca oleracea, Urtica dioica.

Keywords: Ethnobotany, Tosya, wild edible plants, food source.

*This study was presented as a poster in “Int. Symp. on Biodiversity and Edible Wild Species (Bews 2017), 3-5 April 2017, Antalya/Turkey”.

DOI: 10.7176/JSTR/5-3-15

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