Queen Anne's lace, wild carrot
TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES
- Erect, biennial herb; leaves basal and alternate, 2-pinnately
divided with narrow segments; flowers small, white, in a terminal, umbrella-shaped
cluster; fruit small, dry, ribbed, with bristly hairs.
- Weedy in disturbed areas, naturalized in pastures, along
roads, fields, and waste places.
- Skin irritation from cell sap and in light.
- EDIBLE PARTS: Leaves, roots, flowers and seeds HARVEST
TIME: Only collect plants from areas you know have not been treated with
pesticides. Gather leaves during the spring. The roots are collected during
the spring. Use flowers during the summer. The small seeds are found during
late summer. SAFE HANDLING PROCEDURES: Wash edible parts thoroughly with
warm water. Do not use dish detergent or any type of sanitizer. These products
can leave a residue. Cook as greens or use fresh in salads. Also, add to
stews for seasoning. Parboil for a few minutes, pour off the liquid, and
then cook until tender. Leaves can be dried and later added to other foods
as seasonings. First-year root growth (those plants not blooming) are tender
and are used like domestic carrots. When using older roots, remove the
hard core after cooking, and allow the soft pulp and the juices to flavor
the other foods cooked. The fresh flower heads can be battered and fried
like fritters, or can be used to make jelly. Fill a pot full of fresh flowers,
cook for 15 minutes, strain and add "Sure-gel" to the liquid
as if making a fruit jelly. Final product is slightly gelled. Gather and
use as a seasoning for soups and stews. In addition, the seeds can be used
like caraway seeds to top breads. SOURCE: Larson, Ken. 1995. God's Free
Harvest, Rhema Publishing, Inc., Suwanee, GA. 231 pp.
- TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES 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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