Saturday, August 11, 2012

Import Blog Herbs cattails

Blog EntryAug 13, '08 3:43 PM
for Kathy's friends & their friends and Kathy's family & their family

Small stand of cattail sp. (Hannah Ramer. Brandeis University, Waltham, MA)
Well, I see multiply still has not fixed the compose blog entry page. There is none of those little buttons on top for links, type, photos etc, and that means my whole post will be run together again-I hate that. So I am just going to post links for easier reading-and hope Multiply fixed this issue soon
 Excellent information here
 and good information here too
Back in the 70s and 80s when I was a vegetarian, I did alot of research on experimenting of recipes with wild foods. The cattails have always been my favorite-and I love the pollen in the spring-it is bright yellow "flour" and so excellent mixed with corn meal.
 I got to thinking about cattails as my neighbor has cattails that are taking over her pond, and she is going to spray and kill all of them. I suggested to kill most to keep in check, but to save a little bit for food-as so much of the plant is edible.
 The native americans used this plant alot in all its stages for food thru out the year.
 If multiply fixes this page before tomorrow-I will add more information
Thursday-am early-I wrote the techs last night-and voila-working this morning-lol
Also good information here
I just ran into this neat site, I am going to bookmark this, and it had information on the cattail
Cattail pollen Herbal Remedies The abundant yellow pollen of cattail spikes is collected, toasted, and taken internally in teas or in capsules to stop excessive menstrual bleeding. The toasted pollen is available from Chinese herb dealers and is used for stopping all kinds of bleeding--nose bleeds, from wounds, blood in the urine or in the stool, and for heavy menstrual bleeding. It is possible to toast cattail pollen collected in the spring and early summer from wild cattails in an iron skillet for 5-10 minutes until golden
Herbal Remedies for Nose Bleeding Nose bleeds can be treated with astringent snuffs and the anti-hemorrhagic herb cinnamon. When deficiency of the vital energy occurs, a course of adrenal tonics or digestive tonics for several months can be helpful.
Herbal Remedies for Internal Bleeding For internal bleeding shepherd's purse fresh plant tincture, a choline-containing anti-hemorrhagic, is taken every hour or two. For heavy bleeding take 1/2 or even 1 tsp. of the tincture every half hour. Other herbs include agrimony, bistort, golden seal, and plantain. Caution: Watch for heart palpitations, and reduce the dose if these occur. If the bleeding continues, consult a qualified practitioner as soon as possible.
Recipes-this is what I was looking for last night-
Excellent site-pictures on harvesting and a couple recipes too
Young cattail spikes
This is simple.Gather green cattail spikes of early spring. Clean off in cold water. Place in a pot and cover with water, boil for 10 to 15 minutes. When done, drain and serve with butter. Eat like corn on the cob.
This recipe I have eaten and very good!  from here
Excellent recipes here with biscuits and pancakes and such with cattail flour
Excellent article here too with recipes
a recipe from this site

Cattail Banana Muffins

  • 1 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cattail pollen
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups mashed ripe bananas
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

I ran into this beautiful picture that is a beer called cattail beer-can not copy and paste
  • Heat the oven to 350° (175°C). Grease and flour a 12-cup muffin tin or line with paper liners.
  • Combine the dry ingredients: flour, cattail pollen, buttermilk, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl; make a well in the center.
  • In separate bowl, cream butter, oil and honey. Add eggs, beating thoroughly. Mix in banana. Pour mixture into well. Mix batter until just moistened; do not over mix. Gently fold in walnuts. If the mixture is too dry, add a little milk.
  • Fill prepared muffin tins two-thirds full. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool on wire rack.

Once you have properly identified the edible cattail-you will have a year long food source.


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