Balsamorhiza (Sturtevant, 1919)

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Sturtevant, Notes on edible plants, 1919
Balsamorhiza (Sturtevant, 1919)

Balsamorhiza hookeri Nutt.

Compositae. BALSAM-ROOT.

Northwestern America. The thick roots of this species are eaten raw by the Nez Perce Indians and have, when cooked, a sweet and rather agreeable taste.

Balsamorhiza sagittata Nutt.


Northwestern America. The roots are eaten by the Nez Perce Indians in Oregon, after being cooked on hot stones. They have a sweet and rather agreeable taste. Wilkes mentions the Orgeon sunflower of which the seeds, pounded into a meal called mielito, are eaten by the Indians of Puget Sound.