Heracleum sphondylium sibiricum
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Heracleum sphondylium sibiricum is a Biennial up to 1.80 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Many members of this genus contain furanocoumarins. These have carcinogenic, mutagenic and phototoxic properties. This sub-species is said to be non-toxic[
N.E. to C. Europe.
Grassy places and rough ground.
Succeeds in any ordinary garden soil, doing best in moist soils or deep woodland[
This species contains a large number of sub-species. This sub-species is said to be free of toxic substances[
A good bee plant[
Stem and young shoots - raw or cooked[
]. Used as a green vegetable, when harvested just as they are sprouting from the ground they are somewhat like asparagus in flavour[
]. The rind is somewhat acrid[
A sweet substance resembling sugar forms on the dried stems[
]. A great delicacy[
The peduncles, before flowering, can be eaten as a vegetable or added to soups[
]. No further details are given.
The whole plant, harvested shortly before or at flowering time, is aphrodisiac, digestive, mildly expectorant and sedative[
]. It is used in the treatment of laryngitis and bronchitis, though it can cause allergic dermatitis in some people[
Seed - sow mid to late spring or early autumn in situ.