A walk around our property with my visiting Super Nephew allowed us to explore the various plants, including Queen Annes Lace and a bright orange mushroom.
Queen Annes Lace grows commonly in our mountains. Most people do not realize, however, that it is a member of the carrot family and is commonly called Wild Carrot. Sniff the roots for the carrot smell.
The entire plant is edible. The roots are used in soups and stews and can be used to flavor brewed tea. The leaves (particularly of young plants) can be chopped into salads. Even the blooms and seeds can be consumed or used for flavoring.
With the recent rains and humidity, mushrooms are growing rapidly in shady spots throughout the woods. This particular mushroom with its brilliant orange cap caught my attention.
We have a lot of Queen Anne’s Lace here in Michigan, but I did not know they were edible. Thank you. I learned something new today. You have an amazing eye for pictures. Thank you so very much for sharing. They are so beautiful.
I have loved Queen Anne’s Lace since I was a kid visiting my grandparents in Ohio, and tried unsuccessfully to grow it in California. Thank you for the beautiful picture.
Carrots and Q A Lace are related. If you let carrots go to seed, you will have a plant that looks like Q A Lace. Plant carrots according to seed paxkage. Thin carrots, then let grow. When they are ready to harvest, leave the first carrot in the row, and harvest the next 18″-24″‘s of carrots. Leave the last carrot at the end of the 18″-24″ space you have now cleared. Repeat the process. Next spring your carrot tops will grow to the size and shape of Q A Lace. You may find that you may have to plant carrot seeds every few years. So, save seed from your plants. Use heirloom varieties for best results.