Camas Bulbs, Blue Camas

Camassia quamash

SALE - $14.95 FOR 5-7 bulbs. REDUCED FROM $16.95.  They won't be available again till October of 2018.*

Probably one of the most well-known native rootfoods throughout the West, Blue Camas turns fields and prairies to a sea of striking blue-purple flowers from April to June. The bulb from which it grows is one of the largest "Indian Potatoes." It can be grown, harvested, and eaten in a somewhat similar manner to other Indian potatoes, though it requires significantly longer processing.

Camas likes to grow in moist situations that dry out in the summer, including creek banks, vernal pools, depressions, and the edges of marshes. It is adaptable to many soils and grows in full sun to part shade. It is found throughout much of the West, and its importance to native peoples is well-documented, beginning with the Lewis & Clark Expedition. It is fascinating to become acquainted in your garden with such a historically and ecologically significant species. They can be grown in containers at least 2' deep. Plant 3 to 6" deep, in the fall, and 2-5 inches apart.

A packet contains 2 ounces, enough to get your "camas field" going.

#Cooking tips: Camas contains an indigestible substance called inulin, which converts to fructose after long-cooking. Try boiling in water for one hour, then cooking in a slow-cooker in a steamer, with water up to the bottom of the bulbs for 5 hours. When it carmelizes, it becomes sweet, and was even used as a sweetener.

Orders are accompanied by a Fact Sheet: "Notes on California Camas", which includes more cooking information.*