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NAME: Mayapple

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Podophyllum / Berberidaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  American Mandrake, Raccoon Berry, Wild Lemon, Ground Lemon, Hog Apple, Indian Apple, Duck’s Foot, Umbrella Leaf

CONDITIONS: shade, moist soil, woods
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

       

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

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sweet/acid

RAW/COOK

late summer

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT: Ripe fruit resembles a lemon, unripe – a lime.(2) “Fruit - raw, cooked or made into jams, jellies, marmalades, pies etc. The fruit can also be dried for later use. Remove seeds before eating or cooking. The fruit is very aromatic, and has a peculiar though agreeable flavour. Sweet and acid.

 

CAUTION: Do not eat the seeds. In excess the fruit can cause colic.”(1) Do not consume if pregnant. Leaves, roots, seeds, and unripe fruit are toxic. (2)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Powerful medicinal. Antibilious;  Cancer;  Cathartic;  Cytostatic;  Homeopathy;  Hydrogogue;  Purgative;  Warts;  Women's complaints.(1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Insecticide. An infusion of the boiled leaves has been sprayed on potato plants to protect them from insects. Other reports suggest that it is insecticidal rather than repellent. The root ooze has been used to soak corn seed prior to planting it out in order to prevent it being eaten by crows or insects.(1)

 

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

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Podophyllum+peltatum
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/podophyllum-peltatum-forgotten-fruit-2/
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podophyllum
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2007/11/mayapple.html (good photos)
  5. http://www.ediblewildfood.com/mayapple.aspx (good photos)
  6. https://plighttofreedom.com/mayapple/