Where is Pocahontas when we need her?

rrodich@juno.com rrodich@juno.com
Wed, 08 Jul 2015 18:59:13 PDT
Is the starchy tasted comparable to a Lilium bulb?

Rick Rodich
Minnesota

On Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:50:54 -0700 Diana Chapman
<rarebulbs@suddenlink.net> writes:
> Zigadenus blooms much earlier than Camassia, in northern California 
> it 
> blooms in March, Camassia a couple of months later.  The flowers, of 
> 
> course, and also the seed pods are different, so I was told they 
> could 
> identify them by the seed heads, and would dig down to get the right 
> 
> bulb by only digging those they could identify, and would also 
> remove 
> the very toxic Zigadenus.  I haven't seen them growing together, I 
> have 
> only seen stands of one species but they both like the same moist 
> growing conditions.  I have actually cooked Camassia for a 
> presentation 
> to Native American children and they ate them.  They tasted like 
> very, 
> very starchy potatoes when they were steamed, but were usually 
> cooked in 
> pits very slowly where the starch would convert to sugars, then they 
> 
> were dried and stored flattened like a cookie or ground into a 
> meal.
> 
> Diana

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