Wild Carrot Seed Tincture

Wild Carrot (Daucus carota). Also known as Queen Anne's Lace

Wild Carrot (Daucus carota). Also known as Queen Anne's Lace

Just a quick post to let you know that this year’s harvest of Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota) is now steeping and Wild Carrot Seed Tincture will be available in about 4 weeks.

Our intention – as it is every year – is to have made enough so that we don’t sell out before next year’s harvest. We’ll see.

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8 Responses to Wild Carrot Seed Tincture

  1. s*kate says:

    Do you have any advice for propogating wild carrot especially in the wild? It’s naturalised but doesn’t grow alot here in NZ so I’m wanting to get it well established in a few areas. I harvested seed this winter – it’s dry and brown – and hope I can use it to plant out. Not sure if I should plant seed direct in the wild, or if I should grow seedlings and plant them out. Any ideas?

  2. Hi there,
    Lots of good questions. I don’t recommend growing out the seedlings for transplant. Wild Carrot is the domesticated cousin of our edible carrot. Those big taproots don’t transplant well.

    I would direct seed in the wild and in a cultivated area that will not be allowed to go back to trees. One of the issues with wild stands of wild carrot (at least when I was in New York in a temperate climate) is that open areas, whether they be cultivated fields or meadows, are always trying to grow back into forests.

    If you let a cultivated field lie fallow without a cover crop, then you will see annuals come in, then perennials, then woody shrubs that shade nurse trees that will shade the slower growing oaks, etc. So once the perennials start turning to shrubs then you’re going to have a lot less wild carrot habitat. It is difficult to create a permanent “wild” habitat for queen anne’s lace since nature is always changing.

    I’m not sure what the climate is like where you are, but if you have a meadow or pasture that gets mowed occasionally, that might be a good place to tuck some seeds. To have a somewhat reliable stand of wild carrot, I recommend that you let plants go to seed in your gardens (if you have them). I let wild carrot grow wherever she wants –she’s welcome anywhere in my gardens.

    Hope this helps. Let us know how your adventures growing wild carrot go in New Zealand!

    Jen

  3. s*kate says:

    Thanks Jen,

    The three places I have seen wild carrot growing here are both hot dry climates in summer and not much rainfall annually. One was in a river bed, the other two were the side of the road, so all periodically disturbed soils which reminds me of SJW (which grows abundantly here in the same ecosystems). Your point about nature changing also applies to SJW so I will have a think about the similarities and differences there some more. They are both succession plants then, ones that move around.

    I’m also very interested to try and get some to grow in the wetter coastal areas and see what happens. I’d be interested to know if there are marked medicinal differences as a result.

    What kind of climate are yours growing in?

  4. We are technically “high desert.” Arid, but cool in the winter since we are at 5,000 feet. We are in the Rio Grande River Valley, so just about everything grows beautifully here as long as you give it enough water. I haven’t seen the wild carrot naturalized here in the wild. Further north, yes, where it is cooler, and there is more abundant rain fall. Happy growing and keep us posted!

  5. rootsinwater says:

    Greetings, Do you sell the dried seed? I am nervous to switch to a pre-made tincture, and would rather the raw seeds. thanks for your consideration!

  6. We usually use all our seed for tincture, but as we have more seed available, I’m happy to sell it. At what stage do you prefer it dried? Green or brown (completely dried on the stalk)?

  7. rootsinwater says:

    Greetings! I’m responding to the note about your extra seeds (just saw your comment). If they are still available, i am still in the market! I’ve used brown dried seeds. Will you kindly contact me to hash out details? my email is csahewitt at gmail! Sincere thanks!

  8. We don’t have any extra seeds now. I’ll keep your info for next year’s crop, though!

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