Liliaceae Erythronium grandiflorum Pursh

Dogtooth Lily

Thompson - Food, Unspecified

Use documented by:
Turner, Nancy J., Laurence C. Thompson and M. Terry Thompson et al., 1990, Thompson Ethnobotany: Knowledge and Usage of Plants by the Thompson Indians of British Columbia, Victoria. Royal British Columbia Museum, page 121

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Scientific name: Erythronium grandiflorum Pursh
USDA symbol: ERGRG3 (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Dogtooth Lily
Family: Liliaceae
Family (APG): Nartheciaceae
Native American Tribe: Thompson
Use category: Food
Use sub-category: Unspecified
Notes: Corms considered an important traditional food source. Because raw corms were considered poisonous, most of the corms were pit cooked, either immediately after harvesting or at a later date after they had been strung and dried. In the latter case, they were soaked for a few minutes in lukewarm water until they had regained about two-thirds of their moisture before being placed in the cooking pit. They could be eaten immediately or redried for later use, when they could be could again very quickly. One informant confirmed that the corms cooked and eaten immediately after harvesting were not as sweet and good as those that had been stored first.

RECRD: 32261 id: 14355