Wa­ter rib­bon ( Cy­c­nogeton pro­cerum syn. Triglochin pro­cera)

Gardening Australia - - KITCHEN GARDEN -

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.

30–60cm 30–60cm

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