Alpine smartweed (Polygonum viviparum)

Rootstock, bulblets

Habitat: Damp limy or rocky soil, mainly in colder regions

Description: Un-branched stem, far northern species, flowers white or pale pink, flowers usually followed by purple-reddish nutlets of the developing seeds, leaves are long stalked and dark green, size ranges from 4-8 inches in height, rootstock is small and tuber-like

Harvest: Summer-fall

Preparation: Rootstocks can be eaten raw or boiled but taste best when roasted. Tiny bulblets can be stripped from flower heads and eaten (nutty flavor)