Edible Sierra Nevada Plants
Dicotyledon Genera Descriptions

How To Use The Descriptions For Further Research

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Umbelliferae - Carrot Family


Angelica breweri, A. lineariloba

Summer stems of a related species can be cooked like asparagus, its young leaves may be dried and used to flavor soups and stews.

Angelica lineariloba
CalFlora Record

California Hedge Parsley

Caucalis microcarpa/Yabea microcarpa

A related species is eaten in Saudi Arabia and other parts of the world.

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CalFlora Record

Gray's Cymopterus

Cymopterus cinerarius

Young stems and leaves are edible raw or cooked. Roots of a related species are edible raw as sweets in the spring, still edible but not as sweet later.

Cymopterus globosus
The pictured image is a similar species, C. globosus
CalFlora Record

Cow Parsnip

Heracleum lanatum

The root may be eaten cooked and is perported to be beneficial in relieving gas and cramps. The young stems can be peeled and eaten raw or cooked. The hollow basal portion of the plant may be cut into small pieces, dried, and used as a salt substitute by cooking the piece with other food. The leaves may be dried, burned and the ashes used a a salt substitute, too.

Heracleum lanatum
CalFlora Record


Lomatium dissectum var. multifidum, L. leptocarpum, L. nevadense,
L. piperi, L. plummerae, L. toerryi,
L. vaginatum

The greens may be eaten in the spring but become tough and fibrous later in the season. Tea can be made from the leaves, stems and flowers. The stringy roots of all species are edible raw or they may be peeled and the inside dried, then ground into flour. The tiny seeds, though tedious to collect, are edible raw or roasted and can be dried and ground into flour.

Lomatium torreyi
CalFlora Record

California Orogenia

Orogenia fusiformis

The roots may be eaten raw but are better cooked.

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CalFlora Record

Sweet Cicely

Osmorhiza brachypoda, O. chilensis, O. occidentalis

The roots are sweet and often licorice flavored and can be used in teas, stews, or soups.

Osmorhiza chilensis
CalFlora Record


Perideridia bolanderi, P. howellii, P. parishii

Tuberous roots may be peeled and eaten raw, or cooked, dried and ground into flour. The seeds may be eaten parched and ground or eaten whole.

Perideridia kelloggii
The pictured image is a related species, P. kelloggii.
CalFlora Record

Hemlock Water Parsnip

Sium suave

Leaves and younger stems edible cooked.

Sium suave
CalFlora Record

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