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The Oyster Plant June 13, 2010

Posted by Wapello Warbler in Edible Plants, Wild Flowers.
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“Look at that,” I thought, “That huge, beige seed-ball can’t be a dandelion. What is it?”

It was an Oyster Plant, one of several, growing along the side of a gravel road southwest of Wapello. The roots of the Oyster plant can be boiled and eaten or made into a nice chowder. Their flavor is similar to that of oysters. The spring leaves (not pictured) are also edible and can be used in salads or cooked as greens.

The plant is member of the aster family and can be found in fields and roadsides throughout the Midwest and Plains states. The flower is a double ring of large, pink, ray flowers with yellow stigma in the center. The seed ball pictured was about 3″ in diameter.

Source: The Audobon Society Field Guide to North American Flowers

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