Wilden Marsh great reedmace, also know known as ‘Bulrush’, is a familiar plant of freshwater margins, such as the edges of ponds, lakes, ditches and rivers. Its impressive stance – with long leaves and tall stems – makes it stand out from other wetlands plants. Its sausage-like flower heads are unmistakable; these appear from June to August, but the plant persists through the winter, often dying back to a brownish colour from its usual green.
Edible parts of reedmace are roots – raw or cooked. They can be boiled and eaten like potatoes or macerated and then boiled to yield a sweet syrup. The roots can also be dried and ground into a powder, this powder is rich in protein and can be mixed with wheat flour and then used for making bread, biscuits, muffins etc.