One of the fascinating things about foods is, who the heck first started eating certain plants and animals and who and how were the first cooking recipes created. It is one thing to modify an existing recipe, but starting from absolute scratch, no pun intended? Great chefs invent new recipes all the time, that is part of what makes them great. But, as far as I know, all or most of the ingredients are already known to be edible.
Who decided to try the first oyster? How many people died discovering which mushrooms were edible or did early humans observe what animals were eating? I could go on.
Who came up with the idea of making bread, a staple food for thousands of years and made from a variety of grains and other plant matter, such as roots? Making bread, at the very least, involves grinding something into flour, adding some water, and cooking it in some way.
Regarding the use of cattails, most westerners aren’t even aware of its uses, which are many. In addition to the aforementioned flour from the rhizomes and/or pollen, bases of leaves are edible when young, and the green flower spike can be eaten. There are also many non-food uses.
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