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Title: A matter of taste: local explanations for the consumption of wild food plants in the Catalan Pyrenees and the Balearic Islands
Other Titles: Cuestión de gusto: ¿Qué explica el consumo de plantas silvestres? Estudio en los Pirineos catalanes y las Islas Baleares.
Author: Serrasolses, Ginesta
Calvet-Mir, Laura  
Carrió Cabrer, Maria Esperança
D'Ambrosio, Ugo
Garnatje Roca, Teresa
Parada, Montse
Reyes García, Victoria
Vallès, Joan
Others: Universitat de Barcelona
Institut Botànic de Barcelona
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)
Keywords: edible wild plants
quantitative analysis
Issue Date: 10-May-2016
Publisher: Economic Botany
Citation: Serrasolses, G., Calvet-Mir, L., Carrió, E., D'Ambrosio, U., Garnatje, T., Parada, M., Vallès, J. & Reyes-García, V. (2016). A matter of taste: local explanations for the consumption of wild food plants in the Catalan Pyrenees and the Balearic Islands. Economic Botany, 70(2), 176-189. doi: 10.1007/s12231-016-9343-1
Published in: Economic Botany, 2016, 70(2)
Project identifier: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/CSO2011-27565
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Abstract: Previous research has documented different trends in the consumption of wild food plants but has rarely analyzed the motivations behind their continued (or lack of) consumption. In this article, we use empirical data to explore the factors driving the consumption of a selected set of wild food plants. We start by analyzing the different trends (i.e., abandonment, maintenance, and valorization) across 21 selected species with different food uses. We then explore the reported motivations that drive such trends using data collected among 354 respondents in three Catalan-speaking rural areas. The consumption of wild food plants is decreasing in the three study areas and across the categories of food use analyzed. Respondents listed sociocultural factors, rather than environmental or economic factors, as more prominent determinants of consumption trends; taste preferences seem to be the most relevant motivation for those who continue to consume wild food plants, whereas a myriad of motivations related to changes in lifestyle were provided by those who explain the abandonment of their consumption.
Language: English
ISSN: 0013-0001MIAR

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