Poaceae Calamagrostis rubescens Buckl.
Thompson - Other, Cooking Tools
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 140
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Scientific name: Calamagrostis rubescens Buckl.
USDA symbol: CARU (View details
at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Pinegrass
Family (APG): Poaceae
Native American Tribe: Thompson
Use category: Other
Use sub-category: Cooking Tools
Notes: Grass used in drying soapberries. The grass was washed, braided at the ends and laid out on a rack upon which the soapberries were placed to dry. A small fire was lit under the racks and when the berries were dried, they were stored with the grass still attached. Then, for use, the berries and grass were soaked in water and hand mixed. The grass, which helped to whip the berries, eventually floated to the top after which it was removed. Any remaining grass was removed by the person eating the berry whip.
RECRD: 32305 id: 7637