Edible Sierra Nevada Plants
Dicotyledon Genera Descriptions
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Portulacaceae - Purslane Family
Herbage and seeds are edible raw or cooked.
Claytonia bellidifolia, C. chamissoi, C. lanceolata,
C. lanceolata var. sessifolia, C. nevadensis, C. parvifolia,
The small bulbs may be eaten raw or cooked. Herbage may also be edible.
Lewisia congdonii, L. disepala, L. kelloggii,
L. leeana, L. nevadensis, L. pygmaea,
L. rediviva, L. sierrae, L. triphylla
Probably every species has an edible root, although common bitterroot (L. rediviva) is rarely found in the Sierra. The bitter taste of the roots is much dimished by removing the brownish outer coating and cooking the starchy inner root.
Montia - Miner's Lettuce
Montia funstonii, M. linearis, M. perfoliata,
M. sibirica var. heterophylla, M. spathulata var. tenuifolia
The entire plant is edible and excellent in salads. The roots can be boiled then eaten.
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