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Eating Wild Things: Wild Carrots

Wild Carrots (Queen Ann’s Lace) can be found growing in open fields and roadsides throughout most of America.  Poison Hemlock can be found growing in open fields and roadsides throughout most of America.  The way to tell them apart is that one will kill you.  Just ask Socrates.  So unless you are absolutely sure you are about to eat a Wild Carrot, or you have just been convicted of impiety and hell bent on ending it all, DO NOT EAT WILD CARROTS.  This is where a good field guide can save you from irreversible liver damage.  Many tasty wild things look similar to many deadly wild things.  Even a small amount of Poison Hemlock can cause paralysis and death.

If you do choose to eat a Wild Carrot, find a young plant.  The large one in my photo is too large and is woody and tough.  The small ones are still tender, but as you can see, are really too small to use as anything but a tasty treat.  The roots of Queen Ann’s Lace taste and smell like the carrot you’re used to, but have a woody outer skin.

One last time, whatever you do, DO NOT EAT WILD CARROTS.

Thanks for reading, Jack

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  1. June 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    The fable claims that the Queen pricked her finger while making lace staining the lace with blood…..The flower is in fact a member of the carrot family and its roots can be eaten. For more information on Queen Anne s Lace check out the World Carrot Museum website at http http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk queen.html…….Here are a few photos I shot at High School Park in Elkins Park Montgomery County.

  2. The Velo Hobo
    June 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Wow, a carrot museum…who’d of thunk it. Tons of info on carrots. Thanks for the link. Jack

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