Northern Bushcraft

Arrow-leaved Balsamroot

  • all parts of plant are edible.
  • peeled roots, young stems and leaf stalks are best.
  • roots are sweetest when slow cooked for long periods, otherwise are bitter.
  • cooked roots can be dried for storage; soak overnight to reconstitute.
  • seeds can be dried or roasted and pound into meal.
  • grows on dry stoney slopes in foothills.
  • warning: do not confuse with the poisonous Arnica (Arnica spp.), which can cause internal blistering and severe stomach upset.
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