Daucus Carota (bird’s nest/bishop’s lace) flourishes here ..

Common names: bird’s nest or bishop’s lace –

Ass O di R (carrotte)This is a flowering plant belonging to the Apiaceae family, extensive in Europe, and often considered a weed. An annual/biennial plant growing along the road, especially if the soil is calcareous, and can grow up to one metre in height. Composed of numerous small white and/or pink flowers, with a tiny purple and black flower in the middle; this central ‘rosette’ is sterile. Flowering from June to September, whereupon the stalks curl inwards – a natural defence protecting the ripening fruit.


Usage in cooking: the leaves and the root of the carrot can be eaten raw or cooked, under the condition of being picked when they are very young (during the first year, before the flower appears). The seeds gathered at ‘trà aghe è pagliaghji’ after flowering are used to season/flavour sauces, soups and stews; they can even be used to perfume and stuff poultry.            Assoc Opera di Rutali (carrotte)

NB: It is important to differentiate the Great Hemlock, which is highly toxic; either possessing no fragrance whatsoever or, a very nasty one. On the other hand, the smell from the stems of the leaves from the root of the carrot, is no other than that of a carrot.

The stem of the carrot is streaked and hairy, especially at the base; whereas that of the hemlock is completely smooth.

Usage for medicinal purposes: similar to the cultivated carrot, the wild carrot is rich in vitamins and carotene. Its essential oil is used as a liver stimulant, also having an effect on the skin as a tanning activator.

Association Opera-di-Rutali ©

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