Preparation:Flowers Use:Sickness Aupalutinguaat
Preparation:Flowers Use:Sweet edible, general health
Purple saxifrage is the territorial flower of Nunavut.
Perennial herb that lives for two years or more;It is generally the first showy plant to flower in the spring.
The purplish blossoms are very tasty when eaten with seal blubber, and the leaves
can be used to make tea. Eating too many flowers at once can cause diarrhea.
Aupilattunnguat was sometimes used as a substitute for tea if Inuit ran out of regular
tea when they were out on the land. Although the boiled saxifrage leaves were thick
and rich, one could eventually get used to the taste.
They can be eaten along with leaves, but you tend to get tired of them even before you
get full. As a matter of fact, if one is only going out for a walk, one would eat edible
plants, but when you start for home, you would feel that you had too much of that
plant—even your chest would not feel good.