Non-conventional Edible Plants (PANC) in Brazil, a compendium of circa 351 plant species with alimentary potential.

PANCs are plants popularly considered as "weeds" and perceived often as not edible. They are plants that are born spontaneously in the soil, because they are resistant and adapt to even extreme conditions.

In our current diet, a very small variety of vegetables, fruits, cereals, roots, tubers, resins and seeds are eaten. It is estimated that in the world only 170 species of plants are being consumed, only 20 species on a daily basis. This number is very low compared to the large amount of edible plants that exist in Brazil and the rest of the world. Studies show that in Brazil there are 10 thousand types of PANCs and, worldwide, more than 50 thousand.

Now, let's think about the amount of nutrients we could be eating, at the same time improving our health, quality of life and enriching our dishes. New flavors, new aromas, new colors and compositions in our alimentation!



Valdely Kinupp  

Biologist and professor on the Federal Institute of Education, Sciences and Technology of the Amazon (IFAM), founder of the Herbary EAFM at IFAM and co-author of the book Non-conventional Edible Plants (PANC) in Brazil.