Another fun fact --Balsamorhiza sagittata Oregon Sunflower, Arrowleaf balsamroot PFAF Plant Database
https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinNa ... +sagittata
Edible Parts: Leaves; Root; Seed; Stem.
Edible Uses: Coffee.
Root - raw or cooked[46, 61, 106, 161, 257]. The root has a thick crown that is edible raw. Roots have a sweet taste when cooked[2, 183].
…the Flathead Indians would bake them in a fire pit for at least 3 days. The roots are resinous and woody with a taste like balsam.
…Young shoots - raw or cooked[161, 257]. Added to salads or used as a potherb.
…When eaten in large quantities they act like sleeping pills to cause sleepiness.
A highly prized source of food. It can be roasted, ground into a powder and used with cereals when making bread[183, 257]. The raw seed can also be ground into a powder then formed into cakes and eaten without cooking. The seed is rich in oil. Oil. The seed was a prized source of oil for many native North Americans. The roasted root is a coffee substitute[177, 183].
The large hairy leaves are used as an insulation in shoes to keep the feet warm.
Reminds me of Quaker Puffed Wheat and Quaker Puffed Rice. "It's shot from guns"! That dates me. I wonder if it really was shot from guns in some strange way! Maybe some kind of giant grain popper.jal_ut wrote:"With a snowpack like you've had this year James, does that delay your spring planting? I mean, you have to wait for the snow to melt, then wait for the ground to dry out."
You can always go shoot that seed in with a Shotgun!