Wow! )Typha is from Greek and means “marsh” — now you how “typhoid” got its name and Typhoid Mary.Latifolia mean wide leaf, angustifolia means skinny leaf. In spring, the inner, soft parts of the young stem are edible, raw or cooked. No more specific details have been given - below are the edible uses of the closely related Typha latifolia, which should, in the main, also apply here:-The plant produces large amounts of biomass, comparable to the most productive agricultural crops As the plant gets close to flowering, the young, green flower spike is edible. It works well when added with wheat flower. The rhizomes are edible after cooking and removing the skin, while peeled stems and leaf bases can be eaten raw, or cooked. [8] It has been reported in Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines.[5]. cattail. Description: 1.2-2.4 meter (4-8 ft) tall perennial stalk. Male flowers form a spike generally 1 inch above the female flowers and will drop off the stem once pollen is released Broad-leaved Cattail (Typha latifolia): 1. Thanks for mentioning it, I’ll publish this comment, but I will also edit the steps to reflect your suggestions. Simply peel back the tough outer skin after scoring it with the thumbnail. It smells and tastes somewhat like cucumber. Common cattails (Typha latifolia) prefer to grow along shallow parts of the water whereas Typha angustifolia prefer deeper sections, but you’ll often find them growing together and they’re both equally edible. It’s the Wal-Mart of the swamp – providing food, medicine, building material, and fire starter. Typha latifolia is an "obligate wetland" species, meaning that it is always found in or near water. Typha latifolia shares its range with other related species, and hybridizes with Typha angustifolia, narrow-leaf cattail, to form Typha × glauca (Typha angustifolia × T. latifolia), white cattail. In fact, there is so much information about cattails and their uses that I could probably write an entire book on the subject, but… I won’t. The common cattail (Typha latifolia ) and the southern cattail (Typha domingensis) are the two resident species. [12], While Typha latifolia grows all over,[clarification needed] including in rural areas, it is not advisable to eat specimens deriving from polluted water as it absorbs pollutants and in fact is used as a bioremediator. The entire cattail plant (Typha latifolia) is edible at some point in the year. From roots to the sausage-like growth, called an inflorescence, at its top, the common cattail plant, often seen ringing ponds and in wetllands, is packed with protein and other nutrients. It works well when added with wheat flower. 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The roots can also be dried and ground into a powder, this powder is rich in protein and can be mixed with wheat flour and then used for … Ranges for these two plants overlap and they sometimes hybridize ( Typha x glauca has characteristics of both parents) making it sometimes very difficult to identify a specimen plant in the wild. One is Typha latifolia (TYE-fuh lat-ih-FOH-lee-uh) the other Typha angustifolia (an-gus-tee-FOH-lee-uh. Typha latifolia (Broadleaf cattail) The young shoots are cut from the rhizomes (underground stems) in the spring when they are about 4 to 16 inches long. Cattail roots are very productive, and can produce more edible starch (flour) than potatoes, yams, rice or taro. Though flowers and shoots are edible for humans, Cattail may be poisonous to grazing animals. The young flower spikes, young shoots, and sprouts at the end of the rootstocks are edible as well. 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