I am assuming most of you have been on a hike, while on a hike to wherever you're going you always are wondering is this plant edible? Can I bring it back home and eat it? Well, I sure do that a lot. From always being the Curious George I am, I always ask questions like, is this edible? What parts? Well, from what I've learned, cattails are edible! If you don't know what a cattail looks like, it typically looks like a hot dog on a stick! When the cattail starts to pollenite, the cattail pollen is actually edible and is used just like your everyday flour. The pollen is a yellow color and should look like the picture to the right. If you have friends or family that have a gluten-free, you can substitute it and use the pollen instead. All you have to do is snip it off and wrap a plastic bag over it and start shaking until most or all of the pollen comes off! Here's a good little recipe for cattail pancakes!
1C cattail pollen
2 tsp baking powder
1 C milk (reconstituted can be used) or use buttermilk with additional 1/2 tsp soda
1 egg or egg substitute
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp oil
Mix dry ingredients, then add milk and oil. Mix only until moistened. Heat griddle or pan until water drops sizzle. Pour batter on the hot griddle. Turn pancakes when they are full of bubbles, just before they break. Serve hot. Makes 10 four inch pancakes.