- root is edible when cooked.
- root has very bitter taste.
- root is best when gathered just before the flower blooms.
- root is prepared by removing the dark outer layer and the orange-red core.
- roots can be dried for storage.
- dried root can be reconstituted by soaking and boiling, which causes them to expand in volume by five.
- reconstituted roots have a jelly-like consistency and bitter taste.
- grows in open forests and dry, open grassland areas in foothills and montane regions.
- warning: dried bitterroot expands in the stomach, and therefore should not be over-consumed.