wild carrot


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Related to wild carrot: wild parsnip, poison hemlock

wild carrot:

see Queen Anne's laceQueen Anne's lace
or wild carrot,
herb (Daucus carota) of the family Umbelliferae (carrot family), native to the Old World but naturalized and often weedy throughout North America.
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Bi-annual. There is almost no difference between wild carrot and common grocery store carrots. The young first year plants have small delicious whitish yellow roots- tiny carrots. The root of the older plant has turned to wood and is not digestible, but you CAN take the flowers and put them into a salad or make a tea with them. It is a diuretic so it helps flush the kidneys of uric acid and keeps things moving very well. The shoots and stems can be eaten raw or steamed like asparagus. Much better when peeled. Seeds can be used as a seasoning or in tea and the leaves can be used also in salads or as a garnish. The greens have 100 times more vitamin A than the carrot. Roots have minerals, greens have vitamins. Wild carrot has been used historically for treating kidney and bladder issues to increasing sex hormones, and its seeds have been used quite effectively as a “morning after” pill if taken correctly. The list of health conditions it’s used for are endless, making it worthwhile to recognize and use. You name it. Alzheimer's, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, infertility, asthma-preventive, most types of cancer, diabetes, leukemia, HIV, migraine headache, obesity, stress, PMS, digestive disorders, cystitis, kidney stones, cancer, etc. Extreme caution must be used when collecting wild carrot because it closely resembles poison hemlock and giant hogweed. The way you can tell them apart is poison hemlock has purple splotches on the stem, carrot doesn’t. Wild carrot has one single flat umbrella-like cluster with a little dark spot in the middle. Look for the dark spot. Poison hemlock has many clusters fanning out from the stem. Hemlocks flower in the late spring and wild carrot flowers in the late summer. The wild carrot flower later curls up into a cup like a little birds nest. It has fine green “lace” below the flower, hence the name “Queen Anne’s Lace”. Wild carrot smells like carrot and grows to only about 3 feet or one meter tall. Poison hemlock smells terrible and grows up to 10 feet or three meters tall. Wild carrot has a hairy stem while poison hemlock has a smooth stem with purple splotches. Unless you are 100% sure, it's best to play it safe and stay away from all umbrella plants that have parsley-like leaves. Even poisonous plants have a purpose, but you have to know what you are doing. One final way to tell is take a leaf, rub it between your fingers… if it smells like carrot, it's wild carrot. (hemlock smells bad). Dab the leaf on your tongue taste buds- it tastes like carrot. Even the white flower tastes like carrot. Poison hemlock stems oftentimes have a white powder that rubs off. The only other toxic plant closely resembling wild carrot is fool’s parsley, which has considerably smaller white flower umbrellas, the leaves are smooth, hairless and smell bad.
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Most of the literature does not clearly identify the taxonomic status of the plant material used, and it has therefore not been possible to discriminate between results obtained with "wild carrot" and cultivated forms of the plant.
Some say parsnips resemble an anemic wild carrot, rough and dirty-white.
Concrete and Wild Carrot by Margaret Avison (Brick Books, 2002, ISBN 1-894078-24-1, 74pp, $15)
Among the creative recipes you'll find Curried Daylilies, Wild Carrot Croquettes, Sesame Rice with Stinging Nettles, Fiddleheads Almondine, Wisteria Sourdough Pancakes, Wild Garlic Salad, Black Locust Vanilla Pudding, and so much more.
Will you forgive this wedding of disdain and adoration, honey-gold certainties of summer skin thrown over someone else's bones (lithe body autographing the scene), will you keep it with unimportant weeds (a web of Queen Anne's lace beside the highway, wild carrot failed like any white), a chair abandoned by the curb for weeks, a few small nouns, something always moving now at rest, give it pebbles and purple petals streaked with rain, something like detail it needn't ask for, will you breathe in me now?
There were poppies in abundance, cornflowers, toadflaxes, bullwort, wild carrot, larkspur, gypsophilia, flax and numerous grasses.
Although this is the opening act of the umbel drama, through late spring into summer and beyond, members of the same family will carry the torch - with hogweed, hemlock and wild carrot adorning road verge and field edge, waste ground and cliff edge.
(Also receiving high scores but not listed are, in ranked order: mushrooms; Japanese knotweed; jewelweed; wild carrot; chicory; prickly pear; blackberry; blueberry; violets; acorns; marsh marigold; thistle; wild apples; burdock; leeks; wintercress; and milkweed.)
Avison's Concrete and Wild Carrot (Brick Books, 2002) as "an occasion of beauty" that is "alive in its sublimity and humility." They praised the "wonder, readiness, simplicity" of her work, observing that every poem was imbued with a "rare spirit of disorderly love."
Queen Anne's lace or Devil's plague--these two common names for the wild carrot (Daucus carota) reveal its dual nature.
So pick a leaf off, crush and smell it - the distinct carrot aroma - this is the wild carrot, Daucus carota.