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AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

November 27, 2012
7:13 PM

Post #9344257

Could this be a wild carrot? Can I eat it?

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HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 28, 2012
5:34 PM

Post #9344995

Looks like a parsnip to me. I don't think you should eat something that you're not SURE of what it is.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 28, 2012
5:38 PM

Post #9345007

You might post in the Plant ID forum, someone there may recognize it. Did you ever see any leaves? It doesn't especially look like a carrot to me but you never know.
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

November 28, 2012
6:43 PM

Post #9345047


The leaves have already died back.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 28, 2012
7:18 PM

Post #9345068

I'd try posting in the ID forum anyway, someone may still recognize it.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 8, 2012
8:56 AM

Post #9352982

Did you post it, and get any guesses? I suspect it's really too hard to say for sure.
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

December 8, 2012
11:36 AM

Post #9353078

I forgot about it, actually. And, I didn't eat it.
Gracye
Warrenton, VA

December 8, 2012
3:23 PM

Post #9353204

I dunno...kinda looks like it could eat YOU! LOL! Have to mess with ya...

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

December 8, 2012
7:22 PM

Post #9353350

Looks parsnip-like to me! But it could also be Queen Anne's Lace, which is toxic.
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2012
4:13 AM

Post #9353456

It is hemlock that is toxic - Queen Anne's Lace is wild carrot and edible. They both produce a similar root.
mauryhillfarm
Vashon, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 28, 2012
11:39 PM

Post #9369584

When I have grown parsnip, the root is wider at the top and tapers, rather than being irregular like the one in the picture above. Parsnips have a distinct aroma and the leaflets are a different shape than carrots although both have an umbel shaped flower.

Hemlock is toxic and deadly. it apparently does look similar to wild carrot and people have died from eating it. So my advice is DO NOT EAT THAT ROOT!!
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

December 29, 2012
6:14 AM

Post #9369664

I just threw it out - uneaten.
Gracye
Warrenton, VA

December 29, 2012
3:39 PM

Post #9370087

MUCH better to throw it out than throw it up.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 30, 2012
8:55 AM

Post #9370498

LOL Gracye! Great motto for leftovers too!!!
nancynursez637
Madras, OR

February 18, 2013
5:57 PM

Post #9423671

Would never eat anything like that when you are not sure of its nature. Water hemlock has a carrot/parsnip like root and is deadly. Seeds are spread by birds, and it looks like wild carrot

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