The Handbook of Nature Study blog has put on a series of autumn nature studies in which we’re we’re excited to participate. The first one is on cattails.
When we referred to our own Handbook I read that they were edible. Well, we just HAD to investigate that. So, instead of going to our local nature sanctuary where I know there are plenty of cattails with a beautiful place from which to sketch, we searched out the road sides and right down from where we live we found a patch. There were only couple with heads but many others without.
R peeling at a stalk.
She’s going in! J decided to brave the marshy ground (which turned out to not be too marshy…hmmmmm) to get the other cattail with a head.
J pulling at the seeds. Is that ever fun, by the way! (I know. Get a life, right?) It just amazes me how tightly compressed they are, and how they form the firm velvety head we all recognize as the cattail.
After you’ve dug up the cattail, and peeled away the leaves, this is what you get near to the root. And this edible!
See? It actually doesn’t taste too bad.
Apparently, every part of the cattail is edible (besides the leaves) We’re definitely going to be watching this amazing plant through the seasons.
We thought we’d cook ’em up and eat them like hotdogs…
When you have a boy in your midst, the suggestion of burning usually comes up. So, we gave that a try.
And, of course, because of the densely packed seeds they smoked more than burned. And smelled awful, too.
Here’s a link to an interesting article on how you can eat and prepare cattails.
So, that’s it. Thanks, Barb from HNS. We’re planning on doing the next one soon.