Asked by: Tejinder Eisenhard
asked in category: General Last Updated: 31st May, 2020

Can I eat cattails?

Edible Parts
The lower parts of the leaves can be used in a salad; the young stems can be eaten raw or boiled; the young flowers (cattails) can be roasted. Yellow pollen (appears mid-summer) of the cattail can be added to pancakes for added nutrients.

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Similarly one may ask, what does cattail taste like?

Cattail tastes like a bitter cucumber and leaves a little bit of aftertaste for a while.

One may also ask, how do you prepare cattails for eating? Here are the steps:

  1. Clean thoroughly: You'll want to do a thorough cleaning job making sure all the mud is off of the cattails.
  2. Remove and peel the corms: The corms are the small shoots and stubs that are near the base of the cattail and on the rhizomes.
  3. Peel the rhizomes: I like to use a sharp knife or a potato peeler.

Keeping this in consideration, are cattails poisonous?

Cattails are readily identified by the characteristic brown seed head. There are some poisonous look-alikes that may be mistaken for cattail, but none of these look-alikes possess the brown seed head. All members of the Iris family are poisonous.

What can you do with cattails?

Cattails grow along rivers, lakes, streams and ponds, and can be used for food, for shelter, for medicine, for starting a fire, for cordage, for insulating clothing, and for making baskets.

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