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Breadroot

Breadroot

Breadroot

Psoralea esculenta, common name prairie turnip or timpsula, is an herbaceous perennial plant native to prairies and dry woodlands of central North America, which bears a starchy tuberous root edible as a root vegetable. The plant is also known as Pediomelum esculentum. English names for the plant include tipsin, teepsenee, breadroot, breadroot scurf pea, large Indian breadroot and pomme blanche. The prairie turnip was a staple food of the Plains Indians.

Breadroot

Pediomelum is a genus of legumes known as Indian breadroots. These are glandular perennial plants with palmately-arranged leaves. They have a main erect stem with inflorescences of blue or purple flowers and produce hairy legume pods containing beanlike seeds. Some species have woody roots while others have starchy tuber-like roots which can be eaten like tuber vegetables such as potatoes or made into flour. Indian breadroots are native to North America. Many species have synonymy with genus Psoralea. breadroot or Indian breadroot, perennial plant (Psoralea esculenta) of the family Leguminosae (pulse family), indigenous to the American prairies and valued by Native Americans for the starchy tuberous root that was much used for food, eaten raw or roasted or dried for winter use. The breadroot has bluish pealike blossoms and in general resembles the lupine. The plant was the prairie turnip or pomme de prairie of Western pioneers. Other species of Psoralea have also supplied food. Breadroot is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Leguinosae.

breadroot or Indian breadroot, perennial plant (Psoralea esculenta) of the family Leguminosae (pulse family), indigenous to the American prairies and valued by Native Americans for the starchy tuberous root that was much used for food, eaten raw or roasted or dried for winter use. The breadroot has bluish pealike blossoms and in general resembles the lupine. The plant was the prairie turnip or pomme de prairie of Western pioneers. Other species of Psoralea have also supplied food. Breadroot is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Leguminosae. His wintertime favorite is Pediomelum subacaule, nicknamed Nashville breadroot, because Native Americans used it like potatoes and made it ... «The Journal News / Lohud.com, Feb 14» (Source: educalingo.com)

 

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