Re: NANFA-- willows and maybe cattails

Bruce Stallsmith (
Mon, 06 Jan 2003 20:49:54 -0500

Yeah, you're right about cattail tubers (rhizome? lower stem?) being edible.
When I was in Boy Scouts we gathered and ate them several times. I think we
boiled them, and they were like a gamey potato in taste and texture. This
was on our survival weekend campouts; my group also collected bunches of
sunfish out of a small lake on handlines. They REALLY taste good if you
don't have anything else to eat!

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>From: (Leo Arieux)
>Subject: Re: NANFA-- willows and maybe cattails
>Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2003 17:15:43 -0600 (CST)
>Ray :
>Somewhere in the dim recesses of my memory, I seem to remember that the
>native americans were known to eat immature (green) cattails cooked as a
>vegggi in their diet. You can also eat the immature fern fronds
>(croziers) before they unfurl in a these are tasty,
>depending on the species.
>Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler'
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