It looks like an angry asteroid, but it’s a wild cucumber. These have expanded exponentially at the soccer fields over the past five years. They’re everywhere.
But for the burning question:
Can you eat a wild cucumber?
The fruit of the wild cucumber is a single, large, spiny pod-like container, roughly 2″ (5 cm) long. According to Wildflowers of Wisconsin, it smells and tastes like a garden cucumber, but will cause stomach upset and diarrhea. DON’T EAT THIS PLANT!
But it has its good points:
Medicinal Uses of Wild Cucumber. Natural Medicinal Herbs states, “The pulverized root 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