Lots of wild asparagus along the irrigation ditches here. It looks the same as the grocery stores. You find it by recognizing the golden, dried last year's stalks...think asparagus fern so often found in bouquets of roses, and remember where it was growing, then in spring the asparagus is easy to find.
Another use for cattails are as faux down filling for pillows etc. (the dried heads explode to huge amounts of fluff) I think it was WWII (maybe different war) there was a shortage of goose down, and cattails were used in life vests.
Your reference on what to avoid "Dill, carrot, parsnip, or parsley-like foliage" is because wild carrots, Queen Anne's Lace, Dill are easily confused with Water Hemlock which is deadly.
glwrks (rep: 122k) posted Mar 16, 2013
We have the Curled Dock all over in our fence line here in the South. Really tough to kill. Never thought to eat it. We also have Kudzu vines everywhere. Apparently, it is edible. Thought about trying to harvest the grape scented leaves for jam, but most of them are out of reach. Thanks for the info.
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