Peltandra virginica.

Botanical name: 

Peltandra virginica Rafin. Araceae. Arrow Arum. Virginian Wake Robin.

Eastern North America. Bartram told Kalm that the Indians ate the boiled spadix and berries as a luxury. When the berries are raw they have a harsh, pungent taste, which they lose in great measure upon boiling. The Indians also eat the roots cooked but never raw, as they are then reckoned poisonous.

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