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Help re Ingredient, WaterShield?

ponocat Jun 5, 2008 09:25 AM

While in Japan I tasted watershield for the first time. It is a tiny vegetable that grows in fresh water and is native to North America (or so I learned on the Internet). It is delicious and I would like to either find a source for it or grow some myself. Does anyone know how I can get some or get some seeds? Any info at all would be appreciated.

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    morwen Jun 6, 2008 08:32 AM

    This website: http://www.ibiblio.org/pfaf/cgi-bin/arr_html?Brasenia+schreberi lists the edible parts and this website: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?s... shows a map of where it grows (practically everywhere!) It's said to be incredibly invasive so you might want to think twice before planting it. Since it does seem to be most everywhere you could probably forage it.

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    1. re: morwen
      ponocat Jun 6, 2008 04:10 PM

      Thanks so much! Very helpful! It is so tasty that I am surprised that it hasn't been "hunted" almost to extinction in the wild. I will definitely be looking for it.

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