Wild Carrots also known as Queen Annes Lace, American Wild Carrot, Poor Man’s Ginseng, birds nest, garden carrot, Daucus carota is a beautiful important wild flower or weed as someone call her. A flat white blossom made up of tiny smaller white petals that curl up and turn inward as the flower ages. Her root is edible and some swear by eating only the first years roots, but consecutive roots can be eaten although they are not as tender.
She grows ferny to about three feet tall and branched from the ground
The stems are coated with those little plant hairs you see on stems. Wild carrots or Queen Anne’s Lace like dry, rocky, sandy, clay soil in forests and prairies and blooms from April to June. Wild Carrots resemble Poison Hemlock but its stems are not hairy and the flower is a wee bit different. You can eat it raw or boiled or like any other carrot recipe you might have already.
Wild carrots are used to:
- cleanse the blood-liver tonic.
- Alkanize the blood,
- Treat fevers,
- Stop itching,
- Support the body in healing.
- They contain 390 phytochemicals which reduce the risk of cancer, strokes, aid metabolism and aging, and
- Boost immunity,
- Contain vitamins A, B, B1, B2,B6, C, E,
- Calcium that is readily absorbed,
- Magnesium, iron, thiamine.
- Gum disease,
- inflamed liver,
- gall bladder,
- ulcers, and
- painful urination.
If you’d like a regular source of wild carrots you can sprout them yourself in your yard they grow easily and you can save the seeds afterwards to plant in the spring and always be assured of your first year tender sprouts to eat.
Wild carrots grow the same way carrots grow in your garden, they may be bent and crooked because the soil they grow in has not been tended to and the rocks removed. They will be whitish or yellow or light orange in color. (see video)
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