One of the earliest evidences of spring,
.. colors south-facing slopes and prairies,
..... green and then yellow with a very low blush.
Peppery garnish for salads,
.. its corms are a perrenial staple food,
.... raw like a filbert flavored water-chestnut.
Baked or boiled, Lomatium couse
.. becomes potato-like in taste and consistency
..... and mixes well with a bit of venison.
Peeled and dried couse lasts long,
.. ground fine makes a hypoallergenic flour,
..... available whenever ground is not frozen.