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June Wild Carrot | by - Sharsono
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June Wild Carrot

Like the cultivated carrot, the wild carrot root is edible while young, but quickly becomes too woody to consume.

 

The crushed seeds were once thought to be a form of birth control and its use for this purpose was first described by Hippocrates over 2,000 years ago.

 

Wild carrot was introduced and naturalised in North America, where it is often known as "Queen Anne's lace". It is so called because the flower resembles lace; the red flower in the center represents a blood droplet where Queen Anne pricked herself with a needle when she was making the lace.

 

The function of the tiny red flower, coloured by anthocyanin, is to attract insects.

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Taken on June 7, 2012