Equisetaceae Equisetum arvense L.

Field Horsetail

Eskimo, Alaska - Food, Unspecified

Use documented by:
Ager, Thomas A. and Lynn Price Ager, 1980, Ethnobotany of The Eskimos of Nelson Island, Alaska, Arctic Anthropology 27:26-48, page 33

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Scientific name: Equisetum arvense L.
USDA symbol: EQAR (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Field Horsetail
Family: Equisetaceae
Family (APG):
Native American Tribe: Eskimo, Alaska
Use category: Food
Use sub-category: Unspecified
Notes: Black, edible nodules attached to roots used for food. The effort of collecting the nodules was considerable and therefore rarely done. However, these nodules were often obtained from underground caches of roots and tubers collected by lemmings and other tundra rodents. The caches were raided by the people and the 'mouse nuts' were used for food.

RECRD: 32752 id: 13299