Fabaceae Hedysarum alpinum L.

Alpine Sweetvetch

Tanana, Upper - Food, Winter Use Food

Use documented by:
Kari, Priscilla Russe, 1985, Upper Tanana Ethnobotany, Anchorage. Alaska Historical Commission, page 14

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Scientific name: Hedysarum alpinum L.
USDA symbol: HEAL (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Alpine Sweetvetch
Family: Fabaceae
Family (APG): Fabaceae
Native American Tribe: Tanana, Upper
Use category: Food
Use sub-category: Winter Use Food
Notes: Used in the winter during times of food shortage. A large fire was set over an area where the Indians knew the roots to be abundant. By thawing the ground this way, they were able to dig them out.

RECRD: 3471 id: 16510