PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME:  Wild Ginger

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Asarum canadense     / Aristolochiaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Canada wild ginger, Canadian snakeroot, and
broad-leaved asarabacca, Indian Ginger, Coltsfoot.

CONDITIONS:  partial shade / cool moist soil
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

       

Buds/Flowers

       

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

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RAW/DRY/COOK

Fall best

Seeds

 

 

   

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

COMMENT/CAUTION:  Root used as a ginger substitute, available all year, but best in Fall. Dry roots. Remove dark skin from roots (6). Use in teas and beverages, not in alcohol (5).  Could not find any information on how to prepare flowers, so did not include them although EatTheWeeds said that the flowers were also edible. (2) EatTheWeeds also said that the leaves could be used in teas, but PFAF says that the leaves are toxic.  CAUTIONS: The leaves are poisonous. Handling the leaves is said to cause dermatitis in some people. (1)

NUTRITION/ MEDICINAL:  Anthelmintic;  Antiasthmatic;  Antibiotic;  Antitumor;  Carminative;  Contraceptive;  Diaphoretic;  Diuretic;  Expectorant;  Irritant;  Poultice;  Salve;  Stimulant;  Stomachic;  Tonic. Leaves used as a poultice. (1)

LOOK-A-LIKES:  Wild violets, but violet leaves are toothed.

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

OTHER USES:

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

1.      https://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?latinname=Asarum+canadense

2.      http://www.eattheweeds.com/?s=ginger

3.      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_canadense

4.      http://northernbushcraft.com/topic.php?name=wild+ginger&region=pnw&ctgy=edible_plants (good photos)

5.      https://honest-food.net/wild-ginger-edible-toxic/

6.      http://foragerchef.com/how-to-find-and-use-wild-ginger/

7.      https://altnature.com/gallery/wild_ginger.htm

8.      https://www.motherearthliving.com/plant-profile/an-herb-to-know-wild-ginger

9.      http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Wild_Ginger_Roots_12187.php