Osmorhiza longistylis – Aniseroot

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Aniseroot (Osmorhiza longistylis) is an edible plant that tastes and smells like licorice. Aniseroot has a smooth purple stem and small hairs on its leaves.
Being in the carrot family, it is imperative to differentiate aniseroot from poison hemlock. Poison hemlock lacks hairs on its leaves, has purple splotches on its stem, and has a musty smell when crushed.
The root of aniseroot has been used in place of black licorice, but being a native plant it is best to only harvest the leaves sparingly.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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