CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY
- Perennial, biennial, or winter annual herbs; leaves mainly
basal, alternate, simple; flowers small, in terminal, branched clusters,
reddish; fruit a reddish brown, 3-angled achene.
- USA, NC.
- Weedy in disturbed areas in pastures, fields, roadsides.
- Ingestion, dermatitis.
- Leaves in large quantities and if not cooked properly.
- Nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, headache.
- EDIBLE PARTS: Leaves, flowers and seeds. HARVEST TIME:
Only collect plants from areas you know have NOT been treated with pesticides.
Gather leaves during early spring through early summer. Gather flowers
during spring and 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. Use fresh in salads. Or, add leaves to soups
and stews. Steep into a liquid that can be used to create a lemonade-type
drink. Leaves can also be used to stuff fish. As leaves mature, they lose
their sourness. To freeze, blanch for one minute, drain, pat dry and pack
in plastic bags. Use flowers in salads or cooked. Seeds (collected during
spring through summer) are very small but can be ground into meal. Boiling
the seeds adds a red color and variety to liquids or soups. SOURCE: Larson,
Ken. 1995. God's Free Harvest, Rhema Publishing, Inc., Suwanee, GA. 231
- For Rumex crispus, Curly dock: EDIBLE PARTS: Edible
as cooked greens in limited quantities; cook in 2 waters and add baking
soda to neutralize acid. HARVEST TIME: Use young leaves in early spring.
SAFE HANDLING PROCEDURES: Cook leaves in small amount of water for about
10 minutes. If too bitter, change water 2-3 times. SOURCE: Elias, T.S.
and P.A. Dykeman. 1982. Field Guide to North American Edible Wild Plants.
Outdoor Life Books, New York, 286 pp. Peterson, L. 1978. A Field Guide
to Edible Wild Plants. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 330 pp.
- Soluble oxalates.
- CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY 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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