Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Indian Cucumber (Medeola virginiana): Images

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May 15, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Indian Cucumber is an interesting-looking two-tier plant. About 2/3rds of the way up the thin stalk is a whorl of 6-10 thin, pointy leaves. The stalk continues up an inch or two more where there can be found 3 shorter, but proportionally wider leaves at the top of the stalk. Ocassionally, the top tier of the stalk is nonexistent and therefore the stalk ends in the whorl of 6-10 leaves.

As you can see from the picture, the stalk of the Indian Cucumber has a white fuzz covering it. The root is white and curves underground so that it is growing parallel to the ground.
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May 21, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Indian Cucumber root and Orpine (Hylotelephium telephium) salad made for a potluck dinner.
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June 20, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Indian Cucumber in flower.
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August 29, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Indian Cucumber fruit.
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June 7, 2014 Central Connecticut