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If you know how to eat a cattail correctly, you could have a great source of nutrients and much-needed energy if SHTF!
They also can be used for cordage and other survival uses, too. Not to mention the puffy top of the cattail can be dried and used as tinder.
Cattails pretty much grow everywhere, I live in the city and see them every day on the side of the roads and around any water source!
The cattail is one of those rare plants that can be eaten up and down. From top to bottom you can eat the cattail. There are some particulars so you need to be prepared for that.
The root of the cattail is tremendous and very starch. Its al little bit of work but you can get some good starchy energy from this root.
If you have the time and the desire you can even harvest the starch from this root and dry it to create flour. Now you are talking about food production.
The roots can be boiled or roasted until black on the outside. Then they are ready to eat. There are fibers inside the root and these fibers should not be eaten. Chew the fibers to get the starch and then spit the fibers out.
The lower stalks of cattails, particularly young ones, are delicious. These are some good raw foods to eat or you can lightly cook them over the heat. Personally, I have had them straight out of the water and just drip them dry or wipe them off before biting that lower stalk and chewing.
Keep it simple with these.
The cattail is a good friend of the survivor. From food to fire and even a telltale sign of water, you should get to know this wild edible.