St'áxet (Wild Onion)

This plant grows near the water's edge and, when in bloom, has a cluster of small pink flowers. The bulbs are collected in June and July. The wild onion can be eaten raw or cooked in a steam pit. It can also be used in stews and soups. It must be noted that these onions can easily be mistaken for death camas, which, as the name states, can be fatal if consumed. The best method to identify the plant and ensure it is edible is to grind the entire plant (roots, shoots, flowers) and smell the resulting product. If it smells of onion, it is not poisonous.

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