Nevada State Foods
Native Americans ate a wide variety of roots and tubers before the arrival of settlers, and the new European arrivals dubbed many of these "Indian potatoes." In Nevada, the most common potato was probably Claytonia lanceolata, now much better known as a white or pink spring wildflower. It does, however, have round tubers that can be boiled or roasted in a campfire’s ashes and eaten.
Nevada Native Americans lived in harsh, mostly desert conditions. There was little above ground for them to eat, and they got much of their food by digging rodents out of their burrows or digging for roots. Indian potatoes only grow in relatively wet parts of the state, where it was a welcome addition to the diet. Arriving settlers had an exceptionally difficult time finding and growing food, and had to learn to sustain themselves on the native diet.