A century of changes in wild food plant use in coastal Croatia: the example of Krk and Poljica

Katija Dolina, Marija Jug-Dujaković, Łukasz Łuczaj, Ivana Vitasović-Kosić

Abstract


The aim of this study was to document the use of wild foods in two locations in the coastal part of Croatia – on the island of Krk and in the Poljica area, near Split. We chose these places as they have historical data on plant use (1900 and 1903 respectively). We carried out 67 interviews in Poljica and 55 interviews in Krk to estimate the current use and knowledge of wild foods. Altogether, 80 species of wild food and herbal tea species of plants were recorded in Poljica and 76 in Krk. On average, 13.2 species were listed by per interview in Poljica, including 7.1 species of wild vegetables, and in Krk 14.6 species, including 7.9 species of wild vegetables. Out of the list of plant names recorded in the past, in Krk, we identified 82% of the taxa and in Poljica 86%.

Keywords


ethnobotany; wild vegetables; wild edible plants; Dalmatia; Kvarner; Mediterranean diet

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