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I cooked it and ate a small amount. It was unpleasantly fishy. I’ll keep my eyes out for more and keep a specimen if I find it. Thanks for all the info!
on the stem. Such fragments are lacking in the photo here.
I see you didn’t dry the material. Is that correct?
On your question of edibility, there is one species of the Caesareae in Central America that is said to cause gastrointestinal problems; and A. chepangiana of Nepal is said to cause diarrhea in children not used to eating it. The food is a staple during part of the year for the Chepang people, and the adults appear to become tolerant of whatever causes problems in children.
Since a number of Caesareae in the U.S. appear to be undescribed, I am cautious of eating taxa that have not been reported as edible in the literature. It is true that very many of the 60 – 100 species known or suspected are market commodities in the countries in which they grow; however, that includes the Central American species that reportedly has unpleasant effects. Caution is always a good idea.
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