This week's wild edible is Queen Anne's Lace. Also known as wild carrot!
-The flowers, seeds, and roots of this plant are all edible. Flowers can be deep fried or made into a jelly. Seeds can be used as seasoning, and roots can be used in place of typical cultivated carrots raw or cooked.
-Wild carrot can be found in fields and pastures, roadsides, and wastelands.
-This plant grows typically between 1 and 3 feet tall but it can be taller. It can easily be identified by its large white cluster of small lace-like white flowers and usually has a single purple flower in the center. The stem is covered in small hairs and leaves resemble those of domestic carrots. The main characteristic to look for when identifying this plant is a strong carrot smell coming from the roots.
**WARNING** There are two other plants that closely resembly wild carrot: Poison Hemlock and Fool's Parsley. Poison Hemlock has a smooth purple blotched stem and sometimes a white film on the stem as well. Fool's Parsley is similar to wild carrot exept that wild carrot's flowers are bunched together much tigher. Be sure the plant you are identifying is wild carrot by not only the tiny hairs covering the solid green stem, but mainly the carrot smell coming from the roots.
Be sure to avoid any plants growing near roads, around chemicals, other poisonous plants, or polluted/contaminated water.
As always, be sure to use the Universal Edibility Test to ensure the plant is the correct plant and to help identify any unknown allergies you may have.