Genus Lomatium Parsley Family (Apiaceae/Umbelliferae)
Many plants in the Parsley family (Apiaceae or Umbelliferae) are
very edible, and have been used for food by various Indian tribes.
There are notes in the journals of Lewis and Clark relating that
they were given cakes called "cous" when they purchased food from
the Shoshones. These cakes were made from the roots of the
None of the Lomatiums are thought to be toxic, but other
plants in the Parsley Family are very poisonous. Some of the
poisonous ones look very much like the edible ones. It would
therefore be unwise to eat any of the plants in this family unless
you are very sure of the species.
by Sandra Bray
Tooele and Salt Lake Counties, Utah