Water ribbon ( Cycnogeton procerum syn. Triglochin procera)
Also known as ribbon weed, this water plant was reportedly used by the first
Tasmanians as baby food. The bulbous part of the root was baked, then ground and mixed to a gruel. These crunchy white tubers are also great eaten raw, stir-fried or fried as chips. Numerous green seeds, which are produced on tall spikes in spring, are lovely raw or in casseroles or soups, and can be stored in the freezer. In the wild, this plant grows into a large, spreading clump, but it’s easily contained in a small pond. We grow ours in a kid’s paddling pool.