Daily Archives: July 6, 2010

Cattail on the Cob

Years ago, my cowboy and I went to Montana (not too far from Southern Alberta) and I saw this cookbook, it had a section on wild foods. We were young and poor but he bought it for me anyway. It has the best recipes. (Again, I don’t know what’s got into me. Maybe I’m just hungry from working.) This is one of them and today I cooked it up with pictures so you can tell I’m telling the truth. (No one ever believes me)

I’ve been watching the cattails for a while. It’s easy to miss this stage if you aren’t checking them out often.

For this recipe it is best to get them before the top part gets fuzzy but I picked one so you could see the difference. The fuzzy part on the bottom one below was shedding yellow pollen (very nutritious).

You break off that top part and put it in boiling water, boil 8-10 minutes.
Take out, drain, and butter and salt them just like you would corn on the cob. 

Then eat them up. The one that was entirely green still had all it’s pollen and was delicious (enough butter and salt can make anything taste good) and the other one was a bit soggy tasting but still edible.

And there you have cattail on the cob. Remember that cattails help to make water better so be responsible and don’t pick and eat too many (you need cattails next year too). 
I saw this lovely little bird (I wonder if it’s a Spague’s Pipit, another “Species at Risk” bird) today when I got out of the truck to open a gate on the way back from checking cows (and collecting cattails). She was really hoping I wouldn’t come any closer.

And then there was this weird mushroom thing (beside cow pucky, of course).

And the dragon flies are out (no wonder with all the mosquitos). This one landed at my feet so I could take his picture. Blue is my favorite colour.
He was right beside where some cow had lost part of her dentures

Just another interesting day full of little surprises and my favorite cowboy. He stopped me here to show me the wild rose growing it this buffalo berry bush. It’s eye level with him on his horse, taller than any wild rose I’ve ever seen.

Oh and there was this mystery. All cows have to come to the lease with a calf in May.

Yes, this is today and yes, that is afterbirth guk? We are still scratchin’ our heads on this one.