cattail as food?
- Hej all,
I found the following websites on cattail as a food!
This plant grows wild in water streams, and doesn't have to be
"The creeping rootstocks of the common cattail hold nutritious
secrets. They contain a core of almost solid starch. The Indians
discovered this and dug them up to grind them in to meal. A recent
analysis of such meal by government chemists showed it to contain
about the same amount of protein as in rice and corn flours, except
with less fat.
The stout, rope-like rhizomes that underlie such beds of cattails are
filled with good eating. Roasted, or baked, they taste like sweet
potatoes and are a great energy food. The raw rhizomes, peeled and
dried, can easily be pounded into a white flour which has almost
exactly the same nutrients as wheat flour. It even has gluten, so it
can be made into a springy dough."
Has anyone tried making bread with this cattail root powder?
There is another reed plant, Arundo Donax, that is a rampant "weed"
in America. Apparently it originally comes from Spain. I am trying to
determine whether its rhizomes can be used in the same way as
cattail. Does anyone know?
Also, I found this :
(sorry, I'm getting excited!)
about making bread from acorns.
Many recipes add other flours. Has anyone tried making acorn bread
just from the acorns themselves?