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What did I grow in my compost pile?

Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

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

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Charlotte, NC(Zone 7b)

Looks like a parsnip to me. I don't think you should eat something that you're not SURE of what it is.

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

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.

Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

The leaves have already died back.

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

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

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Did you post it, and get any guesses? I suspect it's really too hard to say for sure.

Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

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

Warrenton, VA

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

Southern NJ, United States(Zone 7a)

Looks parsnip-like to me! But it could also be Queen Anne's Lace, which is toxic.

Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

It is hemlock that is toxic - Queen Anne's Lace is wild carrot and edible. They both produce a similar root.

Vashon, WA(Zone 8b)

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!!

Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

I just threw it out - uneaten.

Warrenton, VA

MUCH better to throw it out than throw it up.

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

LOL Gracye! Great motto for leftovers too!!!

Madras, OR

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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