Fritillaria camschatcensis, Fritillaria lanceolata.
Fritillaria camschatcensis Ker-Gawl. Liliaceae. Kamchatka Lily.
Eastern Asia. The bitter tubers, says Hooker, are copiously eaten by the Indians of Sitka and are known by the name of koch. This plant is enumerated by Dall among the useful indigenous Alaskan plants. In Kamchatka, the women collect the roots, which are used in cookery in various ways; when roasted in embers, they supply the place of bread. Captain Cook said he boiled and ate these roots as potatoes and found them wholesome and pleasant. Royle says the bulbs are eaten in the Himalayan region.
Fritillaria lanceolata Pursh. Narrow-Leaved Fritillary.
Western North America. The roots are eaten by some Indians.
Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World, 1919, was edited by U. P. Hedrick.