Cattails have typically been known as the “supermarket of the swamp” to spend homage to all the awesome dishes you can make from this wild plant. These water loving hardy plants are a wealthy supply of potassium, manganese, starch, phosphorus, as properly as vitamins A, B, and C.
In the course of diverse components of the year, precise portions of the cattail plant are most viable for raw consuming or matured adequate to harvest for pollen or boiling. In the early spring, you consume the emerging plants and young leaves on a cattail plant just like you would corn on the cob.
In the fall, cattail plants are most typically harvested for the male portion of the flowerheads for their pollen. The scrumptious pollen can be applied to make gourmet style pancakes, muffins, and a pioneer era bread. The pollen tends to make a excellent soup thickener as properly.
The rhizomes (roots) are greatest harvest in the fall or winter. Cattail roots can be roasted, boiled, or fried like potatoes.
Cattail shoots (or stalks) can be eaten raw in the spring, but should really be fried or boiled throughout other occasions of the year due to their enhanced level of starch.
Mainly because the shoots are the most seasonally versatile portion of this wild plant, that is what I am going to concentrate upon today… so no matter when you stumble across this recipe cattails can be foraged, ready, and enjoyed.
Cattail Stir Fry Recipe
- 1-two cups cattail shoots
- 1 tablespoon butter or cooking oil I favor utilizing olive oil
- ⅓ cup onion chopped finely
- 1 garlic clove chopped finely or a handful of pinches of powdered garlic
- 1 chopped tomato optional
Chop the cattail shoots into chunks with a sharp knife.
Rinse the chopped cattail chunks with distilled white vinegar or warm water to take away any bacteria or debris that was attached. Rinse in cool water soon after cleansing with distilled white vinegar.
Melt the butter or cooking oil in a skillet.
Spot the chunks of cattail stalks, onion, and garlic in the skillet.
Stir fry more than higher heat for about 5 minutes.
When about 1 minute is left for stir frying, drop in the chopped tomato (optional).
Get rid of the skillet from the heat, and appreciate consuming the wild stir fry as quickly as it has cooled adequate to consume.
If you have not but enjoyed consuming cattail, commence with munching on a modest quantity at 1st. The higher starch content material in the wild plant can bring about some people to have a stomach ache when consumed in massive amounts, or also swiftly.
Despite the fact that tastebuds differ, cattail is typically likened to corn or cucumber in flavor. Under no circumstances make a meals or all-natural medicine from cattail that has been foraged from a place that you are not constructive is free of charge from each water and chemical fertilizer contamination.