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Old 06-17-2019, 01:11 AM
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I boiled some cattail roots and it turned a dark red. i have never seen this before and i am wondering if anyone might know why this happened.
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Old 06-17-2019, 01:29 AM
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No clue, doesn't sound good. Were they growing near a road?

http://www.eattheweeds.com/cattails-a-survival-dinner/

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I boiled some cattail roots and it turned a dark red. i have never seen this before and i am wondering if anyone might know why this happened.
That is them bruising.

I am guessing you mean the stringy part of the cattail. I've had it happen before, I am still alive. No issues with it.

Was there any colour change on the lower stalk on cooking it?


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I had read that, if one sees any color other than white inside the root, to not eat the plant. What I had pulled was yellow flag iris, which is toxic.
I know there are Yellow Iris in the water in these parts. You need tor rule out Reeds, and Iris.

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Cattails yield a beige dye color.
That Red may actually be brown. Again I have seen it before and I am still alive, and didn't get sick. My thing for cattail is not harvesting in this urban area due to water pollution potentials.
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