Yes, Cattails Are Edible!
Cattails Are A Natural & Nutritious Treat!
Cattails are the tall, brown reeds that you often see growing beside ponds and marshes. The tapered tops, when pulled apart, contain white tufts of seeds that resemble cotton. Almost every part of this plant, all the way from the starchy roots to its corn like buds and later the flour-like pollen, is edible and extremely good for your health.
The growing season for cattails begins in the spring and they start out as hot dog shaped protrusions which soon blossom into many feminine flowers.
Cattails Can Be Utilized For Insulation!
In the old days, cattails were used as insulation. It was built into the walls of the house and barn. They would also sew two blankets together, stuff them with cattail down, and cross stitch it, to keep it in place. At the end of the season, they would cut the blankets open, sew the seed in the marshes and bogs, and reseed them for the next year.
Cattails Are Great For A Variety Of Uses
There are many other uses for cattails that include the following:
- The head, or top, can be used as a torch. Soak it in torch oil for about ten minutes and then ignite.
- Place burning cattails around a patio to ward off mosquitoes and other insects. You may also add them to a campfire for the same effect.
- Cut open the stalk to reveal a sticky juice that can be used as salve for cuts and abrasions. This salve also makes a good antiseptic and coagulant agent.
- You can make cattail flour by boiling the roots, mashing them like potatoes, removing the fibers and spreading them on a cookie sheet to dry in the sun or in a low oven. Once dry, put through a grinder.
- Mix cattail flour with water to form a paste for spreading on burns, rashes, insect bites and stings. You can also use this paste for brushing your teeth.
- Combine cattail flour with vegetable oil and use as a conditioner to treat hair and scalp problems.
- Cattail flour can be used as a thickening agent in soups or gravies. It is known to be highly nutritious.
- Chewing the fuzzy seeds will relieve nervousness and stress.
Make A Tasty Flour From Cattails
Cattail flour can be used in combination with wheat flour in many baked goods. Here is a recipe for cattail muffins that are low fat, low cholesterol, no yeast, no sugar and great tasting too! They are very nutritious for you as they're high in nutrients, a natural prevention for nervousness and they aid in stress reduction.
1 cup Cattail flour (found in most health food stores or you can make your own)
1 cup Whole wheat flour
2 tsp Baking powder
½ tsp Salt
1 ½ c. Milk
¼ cup Sunflower oil
¼ cup Honey
1 tsp Vanilla
Preheat oven to 400 Degrees. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir in the wet ingredients, careful no to over mix. Grease muffin tins or use paper liners and fill about 2/3 full. Bake for 20 minutes.
Makes about 2 dozen. Enjoy!
Cattails Have Many Uses
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