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cattails

Look like hotdogs on a stick. They grow at the edge of water and ponds. You can use the reeds (leaves) and weave them together to make a basket that can last 20 years. The white tender root in the springtime can be eaten raw or cooked and tastes like potato or carrot. Helps detoxify, chelate and remove heavy metals from the body. The green shoots when they are fresh in the springtime can be eaten raw in a salad, or cooked in a stir fry like spinach. When the hot dog thing is green early in the year, cut it off, steam or throw in boiling water, put butter and salt on it, tastes like sweet corn and is probably more nutritious than corn. As the year progresses and the hot dog turns brown and becomes furry, take it and grind into a flour with mortar and pestle. This can be done year round, including the winter months when the hot dogs stick up through the snow. You can do the same thing with the root, but you need a shovel to dig it out. It's a mangled ball of white starch which you can peel, dry and grind into a powder and make flatbread from it.
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I instinctively swung the shotgun, touched off and watched the greenhead tumble into the cattails.
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CFO of CatTails Corporation, shown here with her eight point whitetail
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But as we hid in the cattails waiting on the flight, we couldn't really complain about the weather.
Any duck that jumped from the creek or pheasant crouched in the cattails would get a free pass, but quite frankly, birds be damned: Remy was missing.
During the summer, men from the countryside collect cattails that grow in shallow waters of the lakes, rivers and wetlands of Hubin, then transport them back to the village.
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