Brassicaceae / Mustard
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Lore: The root has a peppery taste that the Native Americans relished and is still enjoyed by many people today. Although there are several historical mentions of medical uses for the roots, it's use as a food must have been primary. In Medicinal and other uses of North American Plants you will find mention or the root being pickled, fermented (to make them sweet), boiled and eaten raw with salt.
Similar Species: Other Toothworts
include Pepper Root (C. Diphylla) which has two leaves divided into three
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By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9
Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves
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