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Indian turnip


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Species
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Indian turnip
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Myaamia Archival Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
Blair, E 1911 Use - Food 

The tubers are 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".

Perrot's description may refer to this plant, although other species are possible including Apios americana or Helianthus tuberosa. – Michael Gonella
Botanical Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Data Comments
Gleason, H.A. and Cronquist, A. 1991 Habitat 

Psoralea tenuiflorum occurs in dry prairies in eastern Myaamia lands. Psoralidium lanceolatum occurs on dry, sandy soil in western Myaamia lands.

Related Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Data Comments
Coues, E 1898  

Indian turnip mentioned, possibly used by the Sioux.