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Used extensively by Native Americans and in alternative medicine, Angelica is edible and medicinal, the young shoots are edible in salad or boiled as a pot herb. It has a sweet taste similar to celery.

According to one legend, (European-angelica) was revealed in a dream by an angel to cure the plague (hence the name Angelica or Archangel). All parts of the plant were believed effective against evil spirits and witchcraft. It was held in such esteem that it was called 'The Root of the Holy Ghost.' In America it was used by the Iroquois and other tribes as Witchcraft Medicine, an infusion of smashed roots was used as wash to remove ghosts from the house. Plant (fresh root) used to punish evil persons.

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The root is branched, from 3 to 6 inches long, thick and fleshy with several small rootless, NOTE (the fresh root is not edible, said to be poisonous). Flowers are small and numerous, yellowish or greenish-white and grouped into large, compound umbels. The flowers bloom in July and are succeeded by pale yellow, oblong fruits, 1/6 to a 1/4 inch in length when ripe produced in somewhat rounds heads, which sometimes are 8 to 10 inches in diameter.

Harvest stems when young and preserve with sugar for a sweet edible treat. Gather seeds when ripe and root in autumn.

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