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Coltsfoot, a plant often found along streams and in swampps. The flowers are in bloom before the leaves appear. The undersides of the leaves are covered with a dense fuzz. The Indians formed the green leaves into balls and laid them out in the sun to dry, and then put them on a flat stone and burned them to ashes. The ashes are very salty and make a good substitute for salt. Once you have used Coltsfoot salt it is hard to go back to the use of ordinary salt.
Source: "Indian Cookin'", Compiled by Herb Walker, 1977