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Evening primrose roots.

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So I read that evening primrose roots are edible, and delicious.

Or perhaps just fairly mild in taste.

And as I'm moving the garden anyway, I dug up some plants with just leaf rosettes (no flower stalks) - there's plenty in the garden, they've been self-seeding for a few years.

I had expected something along the lines of small carrots, at the very least.

These things are dinky little twisted bits of stiffened twine, no thicker than the stems of fully grown evening primroses (Oenothera biennis). Not even worth the effort of digging, not that they're all that difficult to get up simply by pulling, either.

And this is the time of year when they should be at their thickest.

So I'll not be boiling evening primrose roots for a root veggie this week. Or this year, or even this decade.


How odd, our evening primroses have smallish parsnip/carrot roots, they seem too tough to me to eat though.... so I just tincture or dry them and use them for medicine....

Tincture? What do you use them for?

From fall through early spring, evening primroses do have those parsnip-sized roots, but as far as I noticed, at the beginning of may they have used much of there content yet to grow there stalks, and much of their volume has vanished.
(Just like carrots: when you don't harvest them, the root will loose its 'carrotlike' shape, and become much smaller when it uses its energy to grow a flowering stalk.

I must admit, although I already dug up quite large roots of evening primroses, I haven't tried to prepare them for lunch yet.