An herb entry from the Ancient Herbs and Modern Herbs book by James K. Sayre, Copyright, 2001. All rights reserved.
Yampa - Perideridia gairdneri - family: Umbelliferae (Apiaceae) (Carrot Family) (Parsley Family).
This is a slender perennial plant that grows to about four feet high.
It has compound leaves with oval-to-lance shaped or linear leaflets. In
the spring and summer it produces rounded clusters (umbels) of tiny white
flowers. The flowers are followed by small grayish crescent-shaped seeds
(fruits). Traditional Native American use of pleasant-tasting taproots as
a food. The taproots were consumed raw or cooked. Sometimes after being
cooked, they were dried for future use. The edible seeds have been used
as a flavoring: they have a caraway-like flavor. Traditional Native American
folk use of taproots as a remedy for constipation and sore throats. Native
to central and western North America.
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