Family: Carrot Family Habitat: Agricultural land, disturbed soil, roadsides. Season: Leaf - Late Spring and Fall Flower - Summer Seeds - Late Summer
Harvesting notes: The carrot family contains many very delicious plants and some deadly ones too. Be sure you have identified the plant correctly before consuming. Wild Carrot is very abundant in the Finger Lakes, especially in mowed fields and edges of cultivated areas. It is easiest to discover these fields of wild carrot when they are blooming in July and August, Culinary notes: In early spring the tiny leaves are so tender and soft. Having only just emerged, they are incredibly sweet and carroty. The flowers give off a strong sense of summer. The flowers of wild carrot pack a sweet punch. Sweet and oh so carroty, they can be used to flavor oil, alcohol or vinegar (which works very well indeed) or they can be picked apart and used as decoration.