Cattail

Cattail (Typha spp.)

Cattail 

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".

Cattail shoots

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.

Cattail pollen

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!