Gossypium herbaceum.

Botanical name: 

Gossypium herbaceum Linn. Malvaceae. Cotton.

Tropical Asia. During the War of the Rebellion, cotton seed came into some use as a substitute for coffee, the seed having been parched and ground. The oil expressed from the seed makes a fine salad oil and is also used for cooking and as a butter substitute.

Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World, 1919, was edited by U. P. Hedrick.