Typha latifolia

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I scratch my head, “Okay, but what’s with all the cattails?”

Charley Kno smiles, “One of my more useful experiments, the shoots work well in salads, the rhizomes can be ground and used as a healthy high-protein flour, and the seed heads, when picked young enough can be used much like baby-corn.”

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  1. Stephen Klaber says:

    There are many megatons of this plant, close to some of the world’s hungriest people. The plant has the unfortunate but useful habit of collecting toxic chemicals, so its use as a food source requires some inspection (expensive, but not compared to importing food). What isn’t fit for human consumption is biofuel several ways. Cattails(and all aquatic weeds) are the shock army of the desert. Look at Africa’s Lake Chad. The cattails there are what is drying out North Africa. They are the favored breeding grounds for malarial mosquitoes and for Quelea birds. Fully exploited, they could be the solution to many troubles.

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