Evening primrose roots

Last autumn, I discovered that the roots of evening primrose can be eaten and are apparently like parsnips. So, today I finally got round to digging up last year’s plants, which I thought had died, in order to see what these roots looked like.

The first batch were underwhelming – very small, in fact. However, there were a couple of plants which had grown away from the main patch. These had substantially bigger roots, so had they been younger, I would have tried eating them now.

I don’t know why the roots are supposed to be eaten young but my guess is that they become woody with age. I will, nonetheless, steam the bigger ones and see what they look/smell like.

On a different note, I noticed that new leaves were starting to grow on the stems of the plants I had dug up. I am therefore a little disappointed to miss the opportunity to see if indeed they would come back and perhaps flower in the spring. Still, there is always next year….


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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4 Responses to Evening primrose roots

  1. Lavinia Ross says:

    I did not know they were edible.

  2. Thanx Helen – I did not know that either and I/we love parsnips.

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