PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: False Solomon’s Seal

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Maianthemum racemosum / Asparagaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  false spikenard

CONDITIONS: partial shade, moist soil
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

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asparagus

COOK

Spring

Leaves

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asparagus

COOK

Spring

Buds/Flowers

       

Fruits

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bitter molasses

RAW/COOK

Fall

Roots

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potato-like

SOAK/COOK

Fall

Seeds

 

 

   

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT: “The fruit is smaller than a pea but is produced in quite large terminal clusters on the plant and so is easy to harvest. It has a delicious bitter-sweet flavour, suggesting bitter molasses.” (1) “…root should be soaked in alkaline water to remove bitterness” (1)

 

CAUTION:

 

NUTRITION / MEDICINAL:  berries high in vitamin C (3) https://plighttofreedom.com/?s=false+solomon%27s+seal 

CAUTIONS:

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  False Solomon’s Seal, see: http://identifythatplant.com/false-and-true-solomons-seal and

Lilly of the Valley https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lily_of_the_valley 

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES:  False Hellebore https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veratrum 

 

OTHER USES:

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

1.      https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Smilacina+racemosa

2.      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_racemosum

3.      http://northernbushcraft.com/topic.php?name=false+solomon%27s-seal&region=pnw&ctgy=edible_berries (good photos)

4.      https://plighttofreedom.com/?s=false+solomon%27s+seal