Using the incredible cattail

First off, I apologize for not getting the contest online last night. Some of you might have learned from the facebook page that I am basically working non-stop at my job right now. It happens. I’ll do what I can to get those up this week, but if worst comes to worst I’ll post the contest this weekend and extend the deadline.

Today’s submission comes to me again from Backwood’s Home magazine via John Daleske who has already sent in so many great articles to Save Our Skills and I would just like to thank him again for all of his contributions.

The Cattail is a wondrous plant. Keven details many of the uses in a great article. He writes:

“I can think of no other North American plant that is more useful than the cattail. This wonderful plant is a virtual gold mine of survival utility. It is a four-season food, medicinal, and utility plant. What other plant can boast eight food products, three medicinals, and at least 12 other functional uses?”

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Author: Nick-LaDieu

Webmaster of SaveOurSkills.com. Budding skill enthusiast and modern survivalist. When nick isn't plotting his next project he is probably running with his dogs, riding his mountain bike, or fiddling with his home theater.

  • My pond dried out last year and I have a huge amount of cat tails. I wanted to try to dig the roots and make flour. Lord is that labor intensive! Those roots are deep

  • Stephen Klaber

    This is not just a North American resource. There is enough cattail growing in Africa’s Lake Chad basin to feed their whole population if it were all fit for human consumption, and could all be harvested. This is also a dessication machine and a siltation machine without rival. The above mentioned infestation is the driving force in the expansion of the Sahara. Control and exploitation of this resource would solve many problems ranging from flooding to desertification, with malaria, Quelea and erosion thrown in. Similar infestations are found worldwide, along with water hyacinth, Phragmites, Papyrus, … These weeds are the real cause of climate degradation. Their renewability is felonious. Asa fuel resource, I defy and implore the world to deplete them.