Romulea rosea as a source of food

Mary Sue Ittner
Sun, 28 Oct 2007 07:16:59 PDT

Many years ago on the IBS list Will Ashburner wrote about Romulea rosea 
being eaten by the parrots too. He said he once watched a flock 
methodically working through grazing land pulling up the corms and eating 
them. The parrots apparently have not acquired a taste for Allium 
triquetrum since it was usually abundant when we saw it.

As a child Will also ate the corms. He wrote: "They had a piquant sharp 
nutty flavour almost chilli hot, the pink flowers were also very tasty, 
pollen the dominant flavour and then in late spring we would eat the seed 
pods, which we called Plum puddings."

Mary Sue

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