Species Detail

Undetermined
Wild potato


Scientific Name:  
Undetermined
Common Name:  
Wild potato
Myaamia Name:  
wiikapaahkwaahkaniša
Uses:  
Food
Harvest Seasons:  
Unkn, Fall, Spring
Habitats:  
Conifer Shrubland and Forest
Locations:  
Undetermined
Growth Forms:  
Cultivated

Myaamia Archival Sources  
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Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
No Reference Specified Use - Food  tubers eaten. "These are found in abundance in the wet prairies throughout the country and are gathered in "hoeing time" June. They are easily boiled and when they wish to change colour the Indians throw into the kettle a few leaves of the soft maple; which turns them black"
No Reference Specified Use - Food  but refers to adding leaves of soft maple to a batch of boiling wild potatoes to turn them black
No Reference Specified Use - Food  the Miami-Illinois term ahpena means potatoes; and indicated a number of species growing in the western prairies. "This "pomme blance" as named by the "coureurs des bois" look dark and are sweeter than our Irish potatoes. They cook in six hours and are usually called by these Indians nalauxki pa<nacki" or nalaaohki ahpena; wild potato
No Reference Specified Use - Food  "I found some roots; potatoes; for example digging with a stick etc."
No Reference Specified Use - Food  tubers cooked. "waap-"; "It is easily cooked and is considered very good"; resembling the cultivated potato in appearance and taste; found growing in the low prairies may refer to a different species –
No Reference Specified Use - Food  tubers boiled in water by a slow fire; and then eaten. :"That country [lands around Lake Michigan] also produces potatoes; some are as large as an egg; others have the size of ones fist; or a little more. They boil these in water by a slow fire during twenty-four hours; when they are thoroughly cooked; you will find in them an excellent flavor; much resembling that of prunes"
No Reference Specified Horticultural Info  These wild potatoes are gathered in hoeing time [June]
Botanical Sources  
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Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   Found in abundance in wet prairies
Related Sources  
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Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   The Shawnee collected this plant
No Reference Specified   Dunn noted the terms for potato as ahpeniiki also
No Reference Specified   Dunn recorded the following sentence in his word list: "meeshiminarkee peetarweeloa paanarkee [potatoes] misau aupooshee" which means "Bring the apples; potatoes; bread ad wood"
No Reference Specified   Topeka means "a place to find small or wild potatoes" in the Kaw language; and in the swamp or dry lake near the Shawnee hills exist location of the Indianola ferry of the past many wild potatoes grow and are eaten by wild hogs