Edible Sierra Nevada Plants
Dicotyledon Genera Descriptions
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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.
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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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.
The pictured image is a similar species, C. globosus
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.
Lomatium dissectum var. multifidum, L. leptocarpum, L. nevadense,
L. piperi, L. plummerae, L. toerryi,
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.
The roots may be eaten raw but are better cooked.
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Osmorhiza brachypoda, O. chilensis, O. occidentalis
The roots are sweet and often licorice flavored and can be used in teas, stews, or soups.
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.
The pictured image is a related species, P. kelloggii.
Hemlock Water Parsnip
Leaves and younger stems edible cooked.
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