CHOCOLATE QUEEN ANNE’S LACE FLOWER EAT THE ROOTS AS A VEGGIE AND A NATURAL SWEETENER! $2.30

QUEEN ANNE’S LACE – A MEDIEVAL MARVEL AND A BEAUTIFUL GARDEN FLOWER! SURVIVES DROUGHT WITH EASE! YOU CAN EAT THEM TOO! NOW AVAILABLE IN CHOCOLATE! ALSO KNOWN AS THE CHOCOLATE LACE FLOWER.

Early Europeans cultivated Queen Anne’s lace, while the Romans incorporated its root into their cuisine as a vegetable. With research revealing its remarkable sugar content, second only to beets among root vegetables, this plant became a sweetening agent for the Irish, Hindus, and Jews. Across various cultures, its seeds have served as aromatic flavorings in soups and culinary dishes.

Notably, Wild Carrot leaves contain porphyrins, known to stimulate the pituitary gland and elevate sex hormone levels, as well as induce uterine contractions. Herbalists historically used it to prompt delayed menstruation, making it unsuitable for pregnant individuals.

Today, both the roots and flowers find diverse applications. The roots, preferably harvested in the first year but still viable in the second, can be enjoyed raw, cooked, or roasted, with roasting being a favored method. Post-roasting, they can be ground into a powder akin to coffee. Additionally, the flowers are harvested for beverages and jellies, adding to the plant’s versatile uses.

Scientific Name: Daucus carota

Life Cycle: Annual

Characteristics: Produces lovely dark purple, pink, or white lacy umbels, ideal for floral arrangements.

Plant Height: Reaches up to 1.5 meters.

Season: Best suited for sowing in autumn and early spring.

Sowing Depth + Method: Optimal results are achieved when sown directly into the soil, covering lightly.

Tips: Prior to sowing, chilling seeds at 5-8°C for 1-2 weeks enhances germination. Seedling establishment thrives in cooler temperatures ranging from 14-17°C.

Spacing: Recommended spacing is 30cm.

Position: Flourishes in full sun.

Days until Germination: Typically germinates within 7-21 days when kept at temperatures of 16-18°C.

Seed to Bloom: Blossoms emerge approximately 14 weeks after sowing.

Sowing Timing Guide:

  • Cool Climate: March, April, and May
  • Temperate Climate: March, April, and May
  • Sub-tropical Climate: April, May, and June

Warning: pregnant women should never ingest this herb. Always consult a medical practitioner before embarking on any program. The information on this page is not diagnostic, therefore always consult a herbal practitioner or your GP in order to obtain a diagnosis. Never stop taking prescribed treatment without consulting your GP or a qualified herbal practitioner. Do not take without qualified medical advice.

 

Pic by Derek Harper / Wild carrot, Thatcher Point

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