Several years ago DH and I were traveling through south central
in late May across an area called Camas Prairie. In every wild meadow I could see the haze of acres of tall blue flowers. I wondered what big blue wild flower was growing all over Camas Prairie. Duh. Idaho
Blue Camas grows wild in the middle altitudes of the
United States and . British Columbia
The plant comes from a bulb similar to that of a tulip. Camas bulbs were a staple food source for many native people long before white explorers arrived. The bulbs were pit-roasted or boiled. When dried they were pounded into flour which was used to make a bread.
Lewis and Clark wrote about seeing the “quawmash in blume” and how the meadow
“resemhles a lake of fine clear water.”..." [Clark, June 12, 1806, at
] Weippe Prairie, Idaho
I was able to purchase some Camas bulbs and I planted them in my garden.
They have thrived and every spring there are more.
I’ve never tried boiling them, but I understand they taste something like sweet potato but sweeter.