Create A Cattail Recipe You Can Be Proud Of

#TourismWeek   #TourismCounts  #SaskatoonAfforestation This week, May 23-May 30, 2021 Celebrate your family staycation at the 326 acre Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, and at the 147.8 acre George Genereux Urban Regional Park!

As a great activity during this City of Saskatoon staycation during COVID come outdoors and forage for cattails, this is the second in the series for some great spring recipes. Why Cattails? Cattails contain Vitamins A, B, and C, along with the minerals potassium, and phosphorous. Healthline states that a high potassium diet will “reduce blood pressure and water retention, protect against stroke and prevent osteoporosis and kidney stones.” Whereas Medical News Today states that the benefits of Phosphorous are that this mineral “plays a role in how the body processes , or sugars” and supports “the nervous system, kidney function, muscle contraction, and heartbeat regulation.”

Here is the next amazing cattail recipe for you, as you come out to the West Swale wetlands to forage for some delicious cattails!

All of the people who work in the kitchen with me go out into the forests and on to the beach. It’s a part of their job. If you work with me you will often be starting your day in the forest or on the shore because I believe foraging will shape you as a chef.

Rene Redzepi

So, this spring, as you go out to the West Swale wetlands in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area – the north side of Chappell Marsh, and cut off some cattail shoots, also called cattail leaf hearts. You can clean your newly foraged cattail shoots by rinsing, and then soaking in vingar and then a second rinse, and then eat them with a bit of peanut butter on them.

Another great way to eat them, is to cook them like you would lightly boil asparagus, and then make a nice hollandaise sauce to pour over them! There are some pre-packaged hollandaise packets in your grocery store, just add butter, and stir! Then pour over your delicious cattails! Easy goodness.

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Let us know in the comments how you make out with your spring foraging, and recipe once you get the cattails home again! Remember to always be safe around the water. Try to forage without your puppy dogs in tow around the wetlands to protect the waterfowl in the spring months. There are “overwater nesters, such as black-crowned night herons, Franklin’s gulls, eared grebes…[who] have also taken advantage of the increasing vegetation growing in wetlands…Aquatic vegetation such as cattail and bulrush …provide[s] cover for duck nests and broods.” source

Doesn’t this sound like a fantastic long week-end treat to enjoy?

While you are out at the wetlands, take photos of the waterfowl, and enjoy the amazing tunes provided by the red-winged and yellow-head blackbirds.

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park
For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
For more information:
Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits
NEW P4G District Official Community Plan
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page:
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)?with map
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