Wild carrots?

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Date Photo Taken: 06/12/2013
Location: Tacoma WA
Posted By: Banjoman

Notes:

These are growing as weeds in my daughter’s garden. The orange rooted ones taste absolutely terrible. The white rooted one tastes a lot like carrots. As far as I know, my daughter’s garden plot has been lawn for many years until she cleared the sod out to plant a garden this year.

COMMENTS

  1. spatialdrift Flower Fanatic says:

    At at glance, they definitely do, but carrots have a poisonous relative, so do be careful!

    http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/queen.html

    http://newlifeonahomestead.com/2012/06/wild-carrots-queen-annes-lace-and-deadly-hemlock/

    http://consumerist.com/2010/05/11/if-youre-going-to-eat-a-carrot-from-your-garden-be-sure-its-not-hemlock/

    June 20th, 2013 at 9:27 am
  2. Carol in North Briarcliff Unregistered says:

    My first guess is Queen Anne’s lace. When I looked it up (at http://www.ediblewildfood.com/queen-annes-lace.aspx ) the site said the flowers were the easiest to identify it by, but the root should smell like carrots and claimed that the root was sweet. The site cautioned that Queen Anne’s lace looks similar to Poison Hemlock and Fool’s Parsley, so be cautious.

    June 20th, 2013 at 9:40 am
  3. Sheila Harris Unregistered says:

    I think this is Queen Ann’s Lace. I have the same thing growing in my yard and thought they were wild carrots to begin with. When I decided to let a plant grow – it turned into Queen Ann’s Lace. Fortunately, mine is in an appropriate area and even though some think of it as invasive, I can easily control its habitat.

    June 20th, 2013 at 10:44 am
  4. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    There are white carrots, but it could also be a parsnip, which would taste a lot like a carrot..

    As to the orange ones tasting terrible, some carrots need to be cut and rinsed with cold water to really bring out their flavor.

    Or they could just be something else entirely…

    June 20th, 2013 at 11:14 am
  5. Kirk Unregistered says:

    How about Queen Annes lace?

    June 20th, 2013 at 1:56 pm
  6. martlaw Unregistered says:

    Queen Anne’s Lace is daucus carotus (wild carrot).

    June 22nd, 2013 at 10:45 am
  7. dawna101 Leaf Lover says:

    It is Queen Anne’s Lace. The edible portion is where/when the flowers bloom. Dip in tempura batter and fry – tastes just like carrots.

    January 26th, 2014 at 6:21 pm

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