Angelica (Angelica atropurpurea, A. archangelica, A. sylvestris and others)
Known in Lapland as the man’s plant. Among the reasons for this: the root bears a strong resemblance to male genitalia. Another reason is that the plant is said to give strong power to those who consume it.
As a culinary ingredient, Angelica can offer unique aromas perhaps best likened to parsley, lovage, fennel, celery, cumin and parsnip.
The leaves, stems, roots and seeds can be used in place of parsley, chopped fine and used to season an array of dishes. When collecting roots and seeds, as with any plant, special care must be taken to allow reproduction and ensure future growth (ie only harvest from areas where the plant is abundant, be sure to give more than you take - can you plant seeds and promote the population?). Attention must also be paid in order to avoid harvesting roots of poisonous aquatic plants that share habitats with Angelica.
Wild or Woodland Angelica (A. sylvestris) is one of the milder-flavored species.
Angelica's distinctive leaves emerge in early Spring