Eat bulrush!

If the credit crunch bites you might want to eat this

If the credit crunch bites you might want to eat this

This is straight from the Plants for a Future website:

Bulrush (Typha latifolia ) and Lesser Bulrush (Typha angustifolia) : Natives of Britain, growing in pond margins, these plants are an absolute must for any self-respecting vegan ‘self-sufficientist’. Their catalogue of uses is most impressive and just why they are not used commercially is beyond us. Their rhizome is edible raw, cooked, or dried and ground into flour. Young shoots can be eaten raw or used as an asparagus substitute. The base of more mature stems can be eaten raw or cooked (but remove the outer covering). The seeds are edible and, when roasted, are said to have a pleasant, nutty flavour. An edible oil can be extracted from the seed. The pollen, which is a good source of protein, can be added to flour, and the young flowering spikes can be cooked and eaten. As if all that was not enough, the leaves can be used in weaving to make hats, mats etc, the hairs on the fruits can be used as a stuffing material for pillows etc, the stems are used in paper making and the dried flowers make a good insulating material. It’s quite wonderful, isn’t it?

Well….absolutely. You know, I think I might actually try it!

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3 Responses to “Eat bulrush!”

  1. matt Says:

    This is not Bulrush this is reedmace!!

  2. Jeremy Biggs Says:

    Hi Matt – I think National Biodiversity Network name is the latest. Very confusing the way the English name seems to keep changing.

    See:

    http://data.nbn.org.uk/searchengine/search.jsp?tab=1&pg=1&useSyn=1&useExact=1&searchTerm=Typha%20latifolia

  3. Mr Tee Says:

    You forgot to mention you can make ethanol from it.

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