Frog bit - edible?
Is European frog bit edible or is it poisonous
Alpena County Michigan
European frogbit is an invasive species in Michigan: https://www.michigan.gov/invasives/0,5664,7-324-68002_71240_73848-364817--,00.html
Report this species to:
DEQ Aquatic Invasive Species Program DEQ-WRD-ANC@michigan.gov 517-284-5593
If possible, please take one or more photos of the invasive species you are reporting. Also make note of the location, date and time of the observation. This will aid in verification of your report. You may be asked to provide your name and contact information if follow-up is needed.
- Or - use the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) online reporting tool
- Or - download the MISIN smartphone app and report from your phone - http://www.misin.msu.edu/tools/ap
I have no problem identifying European frog bit. I've worked several years on projects run by Huron Pines to eradicate it from the Thunder Bay River at Alpena. MY QUESTION had NOTHING to do with ID-ing the plant. I only want to know if it is edible (not necessarily palatable) or is it poisonous?
Sorry - I guess I was a bit nebulous about my question. My concern is whether European frog bit is edible for humans - not necessarily palatable. I love to garden and cook; I am involved with helping to eradicate frog bit in Alpena in the Thunder Bay River. And I was wondering if instead of just consigning the pulled-out frog bit to the city compost heap, it could become food of some kind for people.
I've searched numerous places and can not find any reference for human consumption. The following links may assist you. Perhaps contact a botanist at MSU.