FOOD | CATTAILS, THE GROCERY STORE OF THE WILD

FOOD | CATTAILS, THE GROCERY STORE OF THE WILD

By Wendy Petty  Cattails have been described as the grocery store of the wild because every part of the plant is edible. During the growing season, three of these parts — shoots, flowers and pollen — provide easily accessed and versatile food for foragers. the grocery store of the wild Better yet, these parts of the cattail offer analogs to familiar flavors such as cucumber and corn, which means that even those dubious of wild food might enjoy them. Euell Gibbons treasured cattails, “For the number of different kinds of…

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