CAUSES SEVERE PAIN IN THE
MOUTH IF EATEN!
- Herbaceous perennial with 1-2 leaves, each divided into
3 leaflets; flowers small, inconspicuous, in an erect, slender spadix surrounded
by a green to purplish spathe; fruits scarlet berries.
- USA, NC.
- Forest or natural area in moist woods, along creeks;
landscape as cultivated herbaceous perennial.
- All parts.
- Irritation and swelling of lips, tongue, and throat.
- EDIBLE PARTS: Roots edible when dried or cooked. HARVEST
TIME: Only collect roots from areas you know have NOT been treated with
pesticides. Collect roots in early spring. SAFE FOOD HANDLING: CAUTION:
Never eat raw -- the roots are intensely bitter and can cause blisters.
Wash roots thoroughly with warm water. Do not use dish detergent or any
type of sanitizer. These products can leave a residue. Dry for at least
six months before eating. Peel, cut into small pieces, roast in the oven
for at least one hour and grind into a flour or coffee grinder until quite
fine. Add the ground root to bread doughs or muffin batters. Thin slices
of the root, dried for 3 months, can be eaten as snacks or with potato-chip
dip. SOURCE: Crowhurst, A. 1972. The Weed Cookbook. Lancer Books, Inc.
New York, 190 pp. Angier, B. 1974. Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants. Stackpole
Books, Harrisburg, PA, 255 pp.
- Calcium oxalate crystals.
- CAUSES SEVERE PAIN IN THE MOUTH IF EATEN!
"Poisonous Plants of North Carolina,"
Dr. Alice B. Russell, Department of Horticultural Science; Dr. James
W. Hardin, Botany; Dr. Larry Grand, Plant Pathology; and Dr. Angela Fraser,
Family and Consumer Sciences; North Carolina State University. All
Pictures Copyright @1997Alice B. Russell, James W. Hardin, Larry Grand.
Computer programming, Miguel A. Buendia; graphics, Brad Capel.
Disclaimer: The list of poisonous plants on this web site does
not necessarily include every poisonous plant that is known, or that might
be found in an urban landscape or home. North Carolina State University
does not advise eating any of the plants included in this web site. The
information concerning edibility is taken from the literature, and the
degree of reliability is unknown. We discourage the use of any of these
plants for self medication. In cases of accidental exposure or ingestion,
contact the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222.
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