Edibility of Bulbs

Judy Glattstein jgglatt@gmail.com
Fri, 08 Feb 2019 19:41:48 PST
Setting aside all the kitchen "lilies" (onions, shallots, garlic, et alĀ  
that are culinary mainstays) there are other bulbs that we think of as 
ornamentals but which are edible. Dahlias were originally raised for 
food. Breeding for flower power may have reduced their flavor. I don't 
know anyone who has sampled them. Camassia were an important food 
resource in the Pacific Northwest, to the extent that battles were waged 
by the indigenous people over gathering rights to productive meadows. As 
an aside, Sacajawea fed camassia to Lewis and Clark on their expedition 
westward. The Dutch ate tulip bulbs during the Hunger Winter of World 
War II. In Italy, lampascioni is made with the pickled //bulbs of tassel 
hyacinth, Muscari comosum//.

Judy in New Jersey where winter is returning. Quite windy, and 
temperatures have dropped below the freezing point.
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