They can be eaten raw or cooked. They add a refreshing crunchiness and mild flavor to salads and soups. They are superb in stir-fry and a great, wild substitute for leek in any recipe. Try grilled cattail hearts rolled up in cheese and ham. Cattail hearts pair deliciously well with wild rice.
Cattail tastes like a combination of tender zucchini and cucumbers, adding a refreshing texture and flavor to salads. Added to soup towards the end of cooking, they retain a refreshing crunchiness. They're superb in stir-fry dishes, more than suitable for sandwiches.
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