Wild cucumber: Inedible love potion No. 9

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 wild cucumbercucumber, 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

Author: luzerne2112

As I get older -- and I'm 70 now -- I seem to find more and more that nature is the true source of peace, inspiration and, most of all, the truth the passeth understanding. Though my knowledge is sketchy and superficial, I wanted to share it while I can.

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