Ethnobotany and Biocultural Diversities in the Balkans

Perspectives on Sustainable Rural Development and Reconciliation

  • Andrea Pieroni
  • Cassandra L. Quave

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Andrea Pieroni, Cassandra L. Quave
    Pages 1-9
  3. From Folk Medicine to the Medicinal Plant Trade

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Jonathan Ferrier, Lana Šačiragić, Eric C. H. Chen, Sabina Trakić, Ammar Saleem, Emira Alikadić et al.
      Pages 13-27
    3. Nóra Papp, Kata Birkás-Frendl, Ágnes Farkas, Dóra Czégényi
      Pages 29-44
    4. Besnik Rexhepi, Behxhet Mustafa, Avni Hajdari, Jehona Rushidi-Rexhepi, Cassandra L. Quave, Andrea Pieroni
      Pages 67-86
    5. Snežana Jarić, Miroslava Mitrović, Pavle Pavlović
      Pages 87-112
    6. Behxhet Mustafa, Avni Hajdari
      Pages 113-133
  4. Balkan Traditional Plant-Based Foods: Beyond the Ottoman Cuisine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Łukasz Łuczaj, Katija Dolina, Norma Fressel, Stjepan Perković
      Pages 137-148
  5. Building Small-scale, Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Economies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Nebojša Menković, Katarina Šavikin, Gordana Zdunić, Slobodan Milosavljević, Jelena Živković
      Pages 197-228
    3. Zora Dajić Stevanović, Milica Petrović, Svetlana Aćić
      Pages 229-252
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-255

About this book


This volume addresses recent and ongoing ethnobotanical studies in the Balkans. The book focuses on elaborating the relevance of such studies for future initiatives in this region, both in terms of sustainable and peaceful (trans-regional, trans-cultural) rural development. A multi-disciplinary viewpoint is utilized, with an incorporation of historical, ethnographic, linguistic, biological, nutritional and medical perspectives. The book is also authored by recognized scholars, who in the last decade have extensively researched the Balkan traditional knowledge systems as they pertain to perceptions of the natural world and especially plants.

Ethnobotany and Biocultural Diversities in the Balkans is the ​first ethnobotany book on one of the most biologically and culturally diverse regions of the world and is a valuable resource for both scholars and students interested in the field of ethnobotany.


Balkans Ethnobiology Ethnobotany Ethnomedicine

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrea Pieroni
    • 1
  • Cassandra L. Quave
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Gastronomic SciencesPollenzoItaly
  2. 2.Center for the Study of Human HealthEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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