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  • Camassia

    The Plateau tribes gathered and used over 130 different wild plants. It is estimated that from 40% to 60% of their calories came from the plant foods which they gathered. One of the most important root crops for the Plateau tribes was camas, which provided a major source of carbohydrates for their diet.

    Where does it grow?

    How is it used?

    It can be eaten raw. Natives often boiled them or roasted them. They have a taste similar to a sweet potato. Lewis and Clark ate a TON of Camas after their supplies ran out. Camas is very high in protein: 5.4 ounces of protein per pound of roots. In comparison, steelhead trout (Salmo gairdneri) has 3.4 ounces of protein per pound. Dried camas can be preserved for many years. Some American explorers report eating camas that had been prepared 36 years earlier. NEAT!

    I'm off to find me some camis! Hehe

    Last edited by Buggyout; 08-28-2017, 10:26 AM.
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  • #2
    Well rats! It doesn't grow in my part of the USA.


    • #3
      Doesn't grow in my area either. Guess we are out of luck.


      • #4
        Just don't confuse it with death camas. I recall hearing of people doing that. But like you said then native americans in the west made a living off of the blue stuff.


        • #5
          See Buggy, I knew there was stuff out there. We just have to know what to look for, and where to look.
          The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

          Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is you are stupid, and make bad decisions.


          • #6
            Hey another thing, not sure if it's native/ or in the wild there but I think it'd grow (you could always gorilla garden it) is Jerusalem artichoke
            I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you!


            • #7
              Are Jerusalem artichokes also known as Sun chokes?


              • #8
                Yes I believe so... Also have the dubious name "fart-ichokes" Thought I hear if you prepare them a certain way, I believe soaking or par boiling first it helps resolve that little side affect.
                I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you!