Bitterroot

Lewisia rediviva

  • root is edible when cooked.

  • root has very bitter taste.

  • root is best when gathered just before the flower blooms.

  • root is prepared by removing the dark outer layer and the orange-red core.

  • roots can be dried for storage.

  • dried root can be reconstituted by soaking and boiling, which causes them to expand in volume by five.

  • reconstituted roots have a jelly-like consistency and bitter taste.

  • grows in open forests and dry, open grassland areas in foothills and montane regions.

  • warning: dried bitterroot expands in the stomach, and therefore should not be over-consumed.

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