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Camassia quamash was second only to salmon as a food source among the native Indian tribes of the northwest. In many case families had their own areas which were handed down from generation to generation, and the bulbs, the edible part of the plant, were vary carefully harvested with only the largest bulbs being taken. They are still sometimes eaten today, but the following warning applies: "Death camas (Zigadenus venenosus) can be confused with edible camas bulbs and is toxic. Be sure of your identification of camas bulbs before eating them!"