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cattail-shoot-wild-foraged-foraging-bicycle-bikeWe went out this morning and gathered some cattail shoots to try. I have never eaten them before and neither has Silver. So we went over to the pond across the street, me wearing shorts. To gather some from our neighbor as the ones we have planted do not have enough of a hold in the pond to be worth harvesting from.
I am glad it is a not cold morning as the water was definitely cold and let me say unless you have a dry spot, you will be in the water to try and get your shoots. They are almost at the stage of not being small enough to eat. Granted there are tons of “baby” cattails growing there, no bigger than wild onions.
From the instructions I received on it the section I want is the white part closest to the “tuber” without cutting up the tuber. I harvested about 8 of them of different sizes. They have a pleasant aroma when they are cut semi-sweet.
After cleaning off the outer section that was a little tough and washing them thoroughly we tried them raw. They taste very good raw, slightly sweet. I have discovered that lightly frying them in olive oil ruins their flavor. Silver’s estimation of them they would be best serves sliced up on a salad raw or maybe in a stew. If anyone has an “cooking” recommendations for cattail shoots please pass them along. I love the flavor and want to find other uses for them.

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About rivenfae

A homesteading mom with 2 teens,12 cats, 4 dogs, a flock of chickens. small goat flock and a piggie. Also a dream of a sustainable homestead out in the woods of Missouri.

6 responses

  1. I have always eaten them raw, and actually the tubers are also good to eat.

  2. I like them best raw also. One thing about cattails is they are a great plant at cleaning up toxins, so be certain the pond you collect them from is clean. I prefer the tubers, harvest them early and macerate them in water into which they will release their starch. Allow the water/starch to separate 24 hours (do this in a large bucket). Pour off the water and you have a slurry of cattail starch, to which you can add a few eggs and cook pancakes, yummy.
    *anna

    • Thank you soooo much on how to get the starch out, I have heard about using them that way, just didn’t know how to get it out.

  3. They look like lemon grass!

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