• Irish name: Mealbhacán

  • Scientific name: Daucas Carota

The wild carrot is found along road margins, in dampy areas and in fields. It has creamy-white flowers that are in bloom from June to September. It is also known as Queen Anne’s lace because of the delicate flowers that are held in the umbels. It is a fairly common plant. The leaves can cause skin irritation. Wild carrot had many uses in folk medicine. It was used to treat urinary tract diseases, like kidney stones, bladder problems and even gout. It is also used in food flavourings, like frozen dairy desserts, candy, baked goods, gelatin etc.