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Famine Foods
Compiled by Robert Freedman

RANUNCULACEAE

Aquilegia flabellata, Sieb. & Zucc. China: leaves eaten. Vernacular name: Columbine. Ref. READ.

Clematis angustifolia, Jacq. China: leaves eaten. Due to the presence of acrid, irritant properties which cause inflammation and vessication, it is ordered that these leaves be thoroughly boiled and soaked in successive changes of water, until they turn yellow and the acrid taste has been removed. Vernacular name: Virgin's Bower. Ref. READ.

Clematis chinensis, Retz. China: leaves eaten. Said to be incompatible with tea and wheat flour. Vernacular name: Clematis. Ref. READ.

Clematis paniculata,Thunb. China: leaves and flowers eaten. Vernacular name: Panicled Clematis. Ref. READ.

Consolida major, Gilib. France: root recommended as a famine food. It may be cooked in the manner of salisify, or reduced to a pulp and blended into a confection as recommended for Asphodelus albus, Boiss; Mill.; T. Nees.; Willd. [LILIACEAE] Ref. PARMENTIER.

Helleborus niger, L. France: starch of root recomended for extending bread flour, after removal of bitter element. Ref. PARMENTIER.

Ranunculus bulbosus, L.; Costa; Plan.; Wilk. ex Freyn. France: starch of root recommended for extending bread flour, after removal of bitter element. Ref. PARMENTIER.

Ranunculus japonicus, Lang. China: leaves eaten. Vernacular name: Crowfoot. Ref. READ.

Ranunculus pennsylvanicus, L. China: leaves eaten. Leaf yields a small amount (ca. 0.12%) of a yellow oil. Also contains anemonin, in small amounts, not considered sufficient enough to be injurious. Ref. READ.

Ranunculus scleratus, L. Wallachia: eaten cooked, otherwise highly toxic. Ref. WATT.


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