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Edible Thistle

Cirsium edule

Description:

Cirsium edule is native to the Pacific Northwest. The roots and young shoots are edible.

Habitat:

Spotted in a sub-alpine meadow. 5400 ft a.s.l.

Notes:

Edible thistle is used by Native Americans for its edible roots and young shoots. The roots are sweet, but contain inulin, which gives some people digestive problems. (Wikipedia)

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5 Comments

Gary17
Gary17 a month ago

I might give some a nibble to test their effects. We have Helianthus tuberosus which is rich in inulin and I have eaten them many times with no ill effect.

Brian38
Brian38 a month ago

I know it seems harmless enough. I would still want to research it more. But the thistle that you have in Minnesota - I have no idea of their edibleness. If you decide to try some though please let me know what you think of it.

Gary17
Gary17 a month ago

Why would you be leery of it? The inulin?

Brian38
Brian38 a month ago

No I haven't Gary. I would be very leery of it.

Gary17
Gary17 a month ago

Have you tried this plant? I wonder if other thistles with large roots are also edible.

Brian38
Spotted by
Brian38

Washington, USA

Lat: 47.95, Long: -123.26

Spotted on Aug 3, 2019
Submitted on Aug 11, 2019

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