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Backpacker Magazine – April 2008

Free Food! Trailside Edible Plants

Wild parsnip, burdock, and wild carrot grow throughout North America. Learn when and where they're prime for picking.

by: Steve Brill

Wild Parsnip, Steve Brill
Wild Parsnip, Steve Brill
Burdock, Steve Brill
Burdock, Steve Brill
Wild Carrot, Steve Brill
Wild Carrot, Steve Brill

Wild parsnip, burdock, and wild carrots grow in disturbed soil along forest edges, trails, and fields throughout North America. Always wear gloves and dig them out with your trowel or a sharpened stick. Learn more: Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not-So-Wild) Places, Steve Brill, $23; Harper-Collins.

Wild Parsnip
Jagged leaflets sprout from multiple tiers on stalks up to 5 feet tall. The single, white taproot is distinct from the finger-like root bundles found in the toxic water hemlock. Harvest in late winter from wetlands and fields. Caution: Wear gloves to avoid a blistering toxin released by its leaves.

Burdock
Long-stalked, wedge-shaped leaves grow in clusters up to 4 feet long and 3 feet across. Leaf undersides are densely wooly. The white taproot extends 6 inches to 2 feet down in soil. Harvest in the spring and fall before spiky purple flowers and burrs appear in late spring during its second year.

Wild Carrot (Queen Anne's Lace)
Feathery green leaves with fuzzy stalks resemble carrot tops. The taproot is whitish, carrot-scented, and 9 inches long. White, umbrella-like flowers sprout in year two. Harvest in spring and late fall. Caution: The toxic water hemlock looks similar, but has hairless stalks and no carrot odor.



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Adam
Sep 28, 2010

This is an advertisement, not an article, and really, it needs more information on the identification of water hemlock.

BAD BITCH(MIzZA)
Dec 09, 2009

@@@@@@@ my question[; what can you eat on a island and how high is the temperture.@>@>@>@>@>@>@>

sean putnam
Jun 09, 2009

bourne
Jan 10, 2009

pictures were nice.

anick
Dec 22, 2008

This is a great article, we need more of this type; educating ourselves on mother nature and what it has to offer to the fullest is fun and interesting. Thank you!

barberain
Oct 01, 2008

great job on description A+

barberain
Oct 01, 2008

great job on description A+

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