Foraging Wild Roots: Common Evening-primrose

Photo of Common Evening-primrose taproot

Because Common Evening-primrose (Oenothera biennis) is a biennial, in late summer it is possible to find first-year leafy rosettes growing near tall second-year flowering plants.  Just as with Wild Carrot, it's the first-year plants that provide a tasty taproot to knowledgeable foragers.  The taproots can be gathered from late summer through spring (so long as the ground is not frozen) -- they go out of season when the plant begins to produce an aerial shoot (which also happens to be edible).  Given the number of vegetables Common Evening-primrose provides (flowers, buds, taproots, shoots, etc.), she is well worth befriending.

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