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NAME:  Arrowhead

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Sagittaria / Alismataceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Wapato, Wapati, Duck Potatoes, Katniss

CONDITIONS: ponds, muddy shores, tidal waters
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

       

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

bitter/sweet

RAW/COOK

early Spring/Fall

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: medium

 

COMMENT: Root - Slightly bitter raw, the roasted tubers are sweet-tasting. Those tubers found at the end of the rootstock are the best. When broken off from the roots the tubers rise to the water surface and are then easily gathered.(1) Best peeled. (5)  

 

CAUTION: Best to cook the roots just in case you have Arrow Arum instead of Arrowhead. “The plant is rich in calcium oxylate, this is toxic and if consumed makes the mouth and digestive tract feel as though hundreds of tiny needles are being stuck into it. However, calcium oxylate is easily destroyed by thoroughly cooking or drying the plant.(1)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Analgesic;  Stomachic. The plant has been used to treat headaches. The corms have been eaten as a treatment for indigestion. (1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  Arrow Arum – however, roots must be cooked!  https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Peltandra+sagittifolia

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES:

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?LatinName=Sagittaria+cuneata
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/wapato-all-its-quacked-up-to-be/
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagittaria
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/arrowroot_20.html  (good photos)
  5. http://www.ediblewildfood.com/arrowhead.aspx  (good photos)