Edibility of Bulbs

Judy Glattstein via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Mon, 22 Mar 2021 11:50:24 PDT
Absolutely, piaba. Sacajawea fed quamash to Lewis and Clark. The 
indigenous locals  reputedly battled over gathering rights.

Also - Jerusalem artichoke, Helianthus tuberosus, which is neither an 
artichoke or from Jerusalem. Groundnut, Apios americana. Oca, Oxalis 
tuberosa, also from the Andes whence came potatoes.

Jerusalem artichoke is frequently in the supermarket, at the right time 
of year. I first had oca when Wegman's had some, obtained from Frieda's 
(great source for produce.) And the Apios showed up in my Connecticut 
garden - but that was more than a couple of decades ago and I did not 
think to bring any when we moved.


On 3/22/2021 2:26 PM, piaba wrote:
> i have had konnyaku products (Amorphophallus konjac), but wondering, has anyone tried A. paeoniifolius?
> of course, speaking of north american natives, there’s also quamash...
>> On Mar 22, 2021, at 10:03 AM, Judy Glattstein via pbs <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net> wrote:
>> I forage, both in my garden and in the woods. Arisaema triphyllum is often mentioned as having edible tubers. Which must first be boiled in three changes of water. I would think that gives them the same gustatory delight as eating library paste.
>> However, that's what European settlers suggested. Looking at older sources that reference Native American cookery - the tubers were coated with clay and baked in the fire's coals. Which inactivated the oxalic acid crystals that made them unpleasant to eat raw (as if anyone would!)
>> While we are on the topic of edibility of bulbs - canna tubers are a know source of starch. I have also read that the young shoots are edible. Last year, for the first time, deer chowed down on young canna shoots. Has anyone here ever tried them? And what about dahlia tubers?
>> Judy in New Jersey

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