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The key to drying any root, herb or bark is an even combination of heat and airflow. Never dry in an oven or microwave. Indian tuber be completely dry (largest stem will snap not bend) in 3-7 days depending on the drying conditions. Once it is dried place the turnips carefully into a cardboard box or paper bag for storage in a dry area until you are ready to sell or use. Never store the tubers/roots in plastic or it can mold.
Indian turnip is a perennial plant 1-2 feet high; the rootstock is a turnip-shaped dark, rough, acrid corm, from which grows a single flower-stalk sheathed at the bottom by the footstalks of the plant’s 1-2 leaves with 3 leaflets each; green beneath. The leaves are ternately divided, the leaflets ovate or oblong-ovate, and pointed. The greenish-yellow to purplish-brown (often striped) flowers grow in a thick, fleshy spike which is hooded by a green and purplish-brown bract called a spathe. The cup-like spathe, with a curved flap overhanging the erect spadix, and the 3 terminal leaflets distinguish this species. The fresh roots have an acrid, burning effect and are considered poisonous. Flowering time is from April to June. Berries are clustered and scarlet. Other varieties: (A. atrotubens) is generally larger; leaves grayish green beneath. Also, the Native Americans called the Breadroot or Indian or Prairie Apple (Psoralea esculenta) by the name of Indian Turnip. French name: Pomme blanche, or Pomme de Prairie. The Sioux Indian name of this herb: “Tipsinnah.” Grows wild on the high plains of Manitoba west to the Rockies. John Colter of Lewis and Clark’s expedition escaped from the Indians and lived for a month on this and an edible thistle.
However, when prepared properly, the toxic effects of the plant may be removed. In small doses, the powdered root was used by many Native American tribes to treat a variety of maladies. Chippewa Indians used it for sore eyes and Mohegans developed a liniment oil and throat soother from the powder. It was also used to treat croup, whooping cough, asthma, and other respiratory illnesses. Powdered rhizomes were also used by the Pawneeds as an ineffective headache medicine. which is not quite as long as the leaves. ã€‚ It has a peculiar flowering structure of tinted shades of green. Indian Turnip : Garden & Outdoor. We DO NOT ship to AK. Indian Turnip : Garden & Outdoor. : Jack-in-The-Pulpit (5 Bulbs) - Arisaema Triphyllum. : Jack-in-The-Pulpit (5 Bulbs) - Arisaema Triphyllum, HI & P.R. Picture shown is a mature plant. ã€‚ You are buying 5 Bulbs Jack-In-The-Pulpit (Arisaema Triphyllum). This is a stemless plant which is can grow up to 8"-2'ft in height. It has one to two long-stalked, 3-parted leaves; and at the tip of its flower stalk, greenish-white and purple. The leaves and flower stalks rise from an underground perennial bulb hard and turnip shaped. The fruit is a mass of brilliant red berries each containing 1-5 seeds. ã€‚. (Source: jce.ac.il)