Wild cucumber is a climbing and trailing perennial that grows all over out hillsides in the winter.
The root can weigh much as 100lbs. WOW!
It is because of this root that it is sometimes called manroot, and also that it is one of the first plants to reseed after a fire
I love the little curls and wisps of vine that stretch out to anchor the vine...so soft and graceful...
Wild cucumber smells and tastes like a garden cucumber, but will cause stomach upset and diarrhea. DON’T EAT THIS PLANT!
Natural Medicinal Herbs states, “The pulverized root of the wild cucumber is used as a poultice for headaches. A very bitter tea brewed from the roots is analgesic and is also used as a love potion. It is used as a bitter tonic for alleviating stomach troubles, kidney ailments, rheumatism, chills, fevers etc.”
Um...no thanks. I'll just grab a tylenol....
A Veggie New Age Song:
Peas would rule the planets,
and love would clear the bars.
It was the dawning of the Age of Asparagus.