Known as the "supermarket of the swamp", for it's various edible parts.
Shown here: the flower stalk. Male section above, female below. She will become pollinated and turn into the familiar brown "cigar".
This is the base of the cattail plant, pulled up from the ground.
Harvest in spring. Tender and tasty, raw or cooked. Just make sure to harvest from "clean" uncontaminated environs.
This is the upper part of the flower stalk - the male part - chock full of pollen.
Protein-rich and easily harvested by shaking the stalk into a bag.
Add some cattail pollen to your pancake batter for nutritious, funny-colored pancakes!