Perennial herb; This yellow beauty has a long carrot-like taproot.
When there is blubber available, [the roots] can be used for food. You would cook the
blubber and fry the roots—they can be used for food. I think that eating them straight
might not be good, but when mixed with blubber, they make good eating. They would get
soft as they were fried in an oil.
Z. Innuksuk, interviewed by Leah Otak (March 18, 1999)
We ate the roots fried in seal fat as soon as the snow melted.
According to Inuit elders, its long roots are sweet when eaten raw. Young roots are
yellowish green, while the older, more fibrous roots are brown. These are good for
stomach aches and to help with diarrhea. This root was also given to babies to suck on
while being carried in amautiit. The children liked the juice and thus were able to fall
asleep easier. source
Preparation:Root Use: General health
Photo: Airaq - Yellow oxytrope
Traditionally, the roots of this plants were fried in seal fat.
Photo:Possibly oxytropis nigrescens (purple oxytrope) or oxytropis viscida (sticky locoweed)