METHOD OF PREPARATION: Numerous, boiled immature and mature flowers, pollen in bread, stalks as a trail nibble, root starch for sustenance, root stems shoots as vegetables. The roots can be boiled and the starch stripped or sucked off the fibers. They can be dried, the starch grated off the fibers and the starch used as flour. You can crush the roots in water, let the starch settle, pour off the water, then use the starch. Or you can but the roots on embers and roast until black, then peel the black layer off and chew or such the starch off the fibers. Also the core of the roots can be roasted until dry and used as a coffee substitute.
I never knew they were a supermarket of nature. I'm going to go back to eatheweeds.com and poke around. It's fun to learn something new about the plants that I see every day. While riding down the trail I talked to Phylicia about the plants we passed. She didn't know the names of the plants. Maybe, as she spends time riding with me she will be able to start identifying them.
As I think about the events of the day and the peaceful trail ride, I praise God for His provisions. Even when we are starting the feel the stress of life (I shouldn't be...take a deep breath and know that God is in control of everything) we can think about all of God's provisions. He does provide. Cattails for food? Hmmm. Black berries in abundance! Get out of the house and just look around. (those in cities may have to go a bit beyond man's landscaping)
"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in our sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer." (Psalm 19:14)