Edibles parts of a Cottonwood Tree

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Sep 2018 03 14:21

Edibles parts of a Cottonwood Tree

The eastern cottonwood tree (Populous deltoides) is a native North American tree that is common in eastern and central United States as well as southern Canada. Many people recognize this tree from the cottony substance that falls from the trees in early summer. This “cotton” acts as a sail to move the seeds as far from the parent tree as possible. Cottonwood trees are a riparian species which means that they thrive in wet and semi-wet conditions, but these trees can also handle drought which makes them very well suited to a range of environments. These trees are often seen along the edge of water bodies. Cottonwood trees are known to grow very large, in fact they are one of the largest deciduous trees in North America.
Cottonwood trees are also known to be brittle and can break in even moderate winds.
The cottonwood trees are recognized by many people but the edibility of their (leaves and cambium) along with the health benefits of their buds are often overlooked.
Cottonwood leaves contain a greater amino acid content then rice, corn, wheat, and barley, They contain Vitamin A, and C along with a bit of protein so it is really a healthy leaf to eat for a survival situation. I would consider this to be a definite survival food because of the taste, the leaves are extremely bitter and hard to eat. You can eat them raw but I would suggest that they be cooked to reduce the bitterness and cook them with something else as well. Examples: If you had caught a squirrel for dinner, cook the Cottonwood leaves in with the squirrel, or mix the leaves in with other edible plant leaves that aren't so bitter so you can get the full heath benefits without suffering the bitterness. See Medicinal Properties for the buds and bark by clicking here!
The inner bark or (Cambium) is also edible and contains an aspirin like compound called (Salicin). So if you have any ill effects from aspirin then it would best to leave this out of the diet. However if you don't, then this too is a very nutritional survival food that will keep you supplied with Vitamin C.

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Sep 2018 30 08:05

Re: Edibles parts of a Cottonwood Tree

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