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(Balsamorhiza sagittata)

Used as a food plant by Native Americans of British Columbia and the northwestern United States. In spring, the stems and leaves were boiled or eaten as a salad. The 'seeds' were roasted and ground into flour. The roots were eaten raw or cooked. Of the species, the 'seeds', young stalks and roots with the bark peeled away were used by Native Americans of the northwestern US.

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