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 Post subject: Food Item: Cattails (Wild)
PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:26 am 
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Food Item: Cattails (Wild)

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The incredible cattail-The super Wal-Mart of the swamp
http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/duffyk43.html

By Kevin F. Duffy

Image I can think of no other North American plant that is more useful than the cattail. This wonderful plant is a virtual gold mine of survival utility. It is a four-season food, medicinal, and utility plant. What other plant can boast eight food products, three medicinals, and at least 12 other functional uses?

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Cattail is a member of the grass family, Gramineae, as are rice, corn, wheat, oats, barley, and rye, just to mention a few. Of the 15 most commonly consumed domesticated plant foods, 10 are grasses. However, of more than 1300 wild grasses, none holds a loftier position as a survival food than cattail. Just about any place you can find year-round standing water or wet soil, you can usually find cattails.

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As a food plant, cattails are outstanding and offer a variety of food products according to the season. In early spring, dig up the roots to . . . .

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In late spring to early summer, some of my favorite food products come into fruition on the cattail. Soon after these shoots become available, . . . . . --- continued at link, above ---

Includes:

    Identification
    Corms, shoots, and spikes
    Pollen and root starch
    Medicinal and other uses


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