How to Eat a Cattail (with Recipes!)

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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!

Cattail in the wild

Otherwise known as “cat o’ nine tails”. 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

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 Stalks

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.


Knowing how to forage for wild edibles like a cattail will further you along the path to self-sufficiency and preparedness. Check out these very interesting cattail recipes to enhance the flavor!

Cattail, otherwise known as "cat o' nine tails", can be used for cordage, tinder and you can eat them for a great source of nutrients and energy if SHTF!

Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food

Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.

Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.

Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.

Learn How to Make Pemmican

How To Make Pemmican: The Original Survival Food - If you're living through a disaster where you're on your feet a lot and don't have time to cook, one of the best foods you can eat is pemmican. It's packed full of fat and protein and can give you lots of steady energy throughout the day.

People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.

These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.

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