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April 4, 2011

Picture of the week (Marsh Grass)

Filed under: Picture of the week,Wild Edibles — Tags: — Marcus @ 2:00 am

I got this picture while I was out scouting for wild edibles last week, I loved the way the head of this marsh grass looked against the sky.  In this area, you will find this particular grass growing almost anywhere there is water, I have been out trying to find a place where I can pick cattails, but everywhere I go is just packed solid with this marsh grass.  I decided to do some research on this and found out its technical name is Phragmites, and it appears that it is an invasive species (Which doesn’t surprise me with how prevalent it is here).

I was a bit surprised to find out however that this is a wild edible, I haven’t taken the time yet to try it, but I will in the near future.  From my research it appears the new shoots are edible in the spring (you peel off the hard outer layer, and the inner part is edible), and the roots of it are edible as well.

If you didn’t recognize it from the shot above, here is a picture that shows the full plant.  Looking back, this marsh grass has made it into a picture of the day before, it is the tall grass you can see in the background on my very first picture of the week I did on the blog here (http://www.kd8itx.com/blog/2010/05/picture-of-the-week/).

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  1. You certainly have elevated this “humble” grass with such a beautiful picture—-nice.

    Mom

    Comment by Mom — April 4, 2011 @ 6:32 am

  2. This is great. There is an enormous amount of this plant near some of the hungriest people. But be CAREFUL. Aquatic weeds collect toxins. Keep working on it. There are millions of people who will benefit.

    Comment by Stephen Klaber — April 4, 2011 @ 8:01 am

  3. As a general rule you have to exercise caution when harvesting any type of wild edible. To a degree all things that grow will collect whatever they are growing in, I understand that an aquatic plant will most likely collect more, but you just have to be prudent about where you are harvesting from.

    When I harvest some for myself to try, I will be getting them from a wildlife preserve in the area, it is the cleanest place in the area that I know to harvest from.

    Comment by Marcus — April 4, 2011 @ 8:05 am

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