Blue Camas

The Blue Camas or camassia quamash is a lily bulb with light blue flowers and is related to the wild hyacinth. Blue camas along with other edible camassia species was an important food source for Native Americans and settlers in parts of the American Old West and in Canada. Camas bulbs were key to the survival of members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Blue Camas can be pit-roasted, baked, boiled, smashed and pressed and then boiled in stew, cooked and ground into meal to make pancakes, or made into loaves, cakes, mash, gravy or syrup. It also can be dried and stored for winter use. A pi..

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