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Cattail Cobs


From what I have read, Cattails are supposed to be good to eat when they make cobs. You know me. I have plenty. I want to know.

I cut me a few from the dugout and got out the pot and water. I cooked them for a few minutes. I always like to know what an item is like before it gets dolled up with butter or spices. If it can make it on it’s own it’s a bonus.


Cattail cobs on the plate



So here they are on the plate. I always have this moment of concern before it meets my mouth. I decide if I’m really doing this. OK..yes…it’s time. The little bite. The weird texture: tough and fibrous. The taste: Eeeewwgack…yuck.  I’ll eat it rather than starve, but I’m not there yet. I don’t know if I did something wrong but I think they’re better off in a picture.



Cattail Cobs in their natural environment

The End.




PS: I found out that I should have tried these cobs when they were still green. I’ll have to try again next year. (See the comments below).

Also here is how to make the roots into flour:

Dry the peeled roots (peel roots while they are wet–they are difficult to peel when dry). Chop roots into small pieces, and then pound them wtih a little water. When the long fibers are removed, the resultant goup powder can be dried and used as flour.

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11 Responses to “Cattail Cobs”

  1. Here you go Sherry. This is a nice blog to link to for the story on Cattails:

    • sherry says:

      So I need to try eating these ‘cobs’ when they are younger and greener. I remember trying them before they got any volume. It was just the spike and it was as tough as a stick. I’m putting in the Ps to this post how to use the root for malking flour. I fuond that interesting – thanks.

  2. Wendy says:

    Haahhaahaaa! The funniest part of your write up was simply the final two words: The End. Lol!

    As for cattails, you can make hats with them. If you really are curious, I will get that info for you.

    So what stage are the cattails at? Have they now totally poofed off and gone to the wind?

    • sherry says:

      They haven’t poofed :) yet. I’m imagining a hat like an old Indian would wear..yah I’m curious. I want to make a reed basket some day too.

      • Anonymous says:

        You are so brave.

      • Anna-Marie White says:

        I read that some cattails are poisonous. Might want to browse some of this experimental stuff…just a thought. Anyway it appears youre still alive so yah. Good to know haha!

        • sherry says:

          I believe are some look-alikes (ie: flat) that are bad. I’ve read that. I’ve just known for years that what I have are the real thing… But it doesn’t hurt to say it – and I should have.

          • In an ideal world people would be responsible for their own actions and you wouldn’t have to think of every last stupid thing they would do to being themselves harm. In an ideal world people would take some responsibility and not jump off a bridge because someone said it was a good idea.
            So if somewhere in the backwoods there should be a cattail or
            Mishroom or anything for that matter, that contains some unknown chemical dear readers, nobody here knows a danged thing about it do you’re in your own.

  3. Excuse the typos my phone just will not cooperate some days.


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