During the Great Depression, Did People Eat Tumbleweed Soup?

ATM_Marshall-Trimble-Logo-with-backgroundDuring the Great Depression, did people eat tumbleweed soup?

-Brian LaMoure of Helena, Montana

Yes. Tumbleweed, or Russian thistle, is edible raw or cooked like greens—but you have to eat it when it’s young and soft. Navajos have been making tumbleweed soup for generations.

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and vice president of the Wild West History Association. . His latest book is Arizona’s Outlaws and Lawmen; History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write:  Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at  marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu

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