History and Origin Originally harvested by Salish community as a source for food. Typically harvested before flowering, the leaves braided and bulbs cooked in earth ovens. Has been threatened through the loss of its habitat due to new sub divisions and industrial develop in southern British Columbia.
Reason For Being a Part of the Ark of Taste Represents a loss of a traditional edible plant that has provided sustenance for hundreds of years. Continues the disconnect between previous generation’s knowledge of wild plant harvesting and our current knowledge. Is a crucial part of the First Nation’s food source.
Steps to Ensuring the Future of the Plant The plant has been placed in the “Ark of Taste” to shine a light on its dwindling existence. First Nation’s communities continue to protest the destruction of the plant’s natural habitat.
Sources http://www.slowfoodfoundation.org/eng/arca/dettaglio.lasso?cod=1062&prs=0 The Ark of Taste