Nuphar advena Ait. Nymphaeaceae. YELLOW POND LILY.
In New England, Josselyn found the roots of the water
lily with yellow flowers, after long boiling, eaten by the natives and
tasting like sheep-liver. R. Brown says the seeds are a staple article of
diet among the Klamaths of southern Oregon. Newberry saw many
hundred bushels collected for winter use among the Indians of the
western coast and says the seeds taste like those of broom corn and are
apparently very nutritious.
N. luteum Sibth. & Sm. YELLOW WATER LILY.
Europe and the adjoining portions of Asia.
A refreshing drink is made
from its flowers by the Turks, and its roots and leaf-stalks are eaten by
the Finns and Russians.
N. polysepalum Engelm.
This variety furnishes an important article of food, in its
seeds, to the Indians.