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steamed cattail flowers with butter One of the first things every forager learns is that Euell Gibbons described cattails as “the supermarket of the swamp.” It’s true, cattails have multiple, very tasty edible parts. (And they often grow in water, if not actual swamps.) I call the cattail an edible superstar, and of all its tasty parts, the immature male cattail flowers are my favorite. They’re easy to harvest and very versatile. Try eating cattail flowers in a simple preparation first, to get a feel for their flavor. Before we talk about how to harvest and enjoy cattail flowers, let’s...

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