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#2603780 - 06/06/11 06:22 PM wild roots and herbs pictorial #1 bloodroot
foxkidd44 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/07
Posts: 1795
Loc: shelbyville, illinois 42years ...
ok gang here it goes........this is my first hack at trying to help you guys indentfy wild roots and herbs.

i'll try to get ya'll a few diffrent plants each week.


our first plant is bloodroot...bloodroot grows in the same type of terrain as ginseng,goldenseal, indian turnips wild trilliums {all which will be coverd}

the terrain is shaded and the trees are mainly maples, dogwoods, hickory.....if it's got alot of oak you won't find much bloodroot...oak makes the ground to acidic.

a picture of the bloodroot woods



here are a few pics of bloodroot














the dug root before washing




and after




some folks confuse bloodroot with wild ginger....which itself was bought at one time but i know of no market now.

wild ginger pics





as you can see, the wild ginger roots are stringy......wild ginger also has an aromatic smell.....almost a pepper like ............some folks still collect it, dry it, put it in a coffee grinder and used as a seasoning.


when digging bloodroot i prefer a long handled rounpoint shovel........it keeps me from having to bend down and stay off my knees.......because after a long day in the woods your back and knees will probably hate you if ya don't.

i use my packbasket ........when i dig a bloodroot...i lift it up to my hand, shake off the dirt, and throw it in my basket,,,,,it's quicker than ya think.

i wash my bloodroot in a plastic tote ..use cool water......warm water can mush your roots.

then it's time to dry.........i sometimes put my bloodroot in a dehydrator....sometimes it's dry overnight........another method is to find ya some old window screens.......just make sure you get air to all sides because bloodroot is quite prone to mold.

once your bloodroot is dry......store it in paper sacks.........never store it in plastic bags.......plastic will draw moisture and can cause your roots to mold.


Edited by foxkidd44 (06/06/11 08:35 PM)
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#2603783 - 06/06/11 06:27 PM Re: wild roots and herbs pictorial #1 [Re: foxkidd44]
barbwire Offline
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Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 2395
Loc: eastern WV
Nice post!

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#2603785 - 06/06/11 06:29 PM Re: wild roots and herbs pictorial #1 [Re: foxkidd44]
CornFedCoon Offline
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Registered: 06/26/10
Posts: 7
Loc: Lima, Oh
Cool! What is bloodroot used for?

Thanks for doing this. I'm sure this will be an interesting thread!
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#2603820 - 06/06/11 06:54 PM Re: wild roots and herbs pictorial #1 [Re: foxkidd44]
foxkidd44 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/07
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Loc: shelbyville, illinois 42years ...
bloodroot is used for gum diseases and as an oral anti bacterial.
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#2603832 - 06/06/11 06:59 PM Re: wild roots and herbs pictorial #1 [Re: foxkidd44]
CornFedCoon Offline
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Registered: 06/26/10
Posts: 7
Loc: Lima, Oh
Cool thanks!
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#2603956 - 06/06/11 08:01 PM Re: wild roots and herbs pictorial #1 [Re: CornFedCoon]
cattails Offline
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Registered: 10/31/09
Posts: 71
Loc: Indiana
What time of year do you recomend digging ... Sping, Summer ,Fall ??

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#2603979 - 06/06/11 08:17 PM Re: wild roots and herbs pictorial #1 [Re: foxkidd44]
foxkidd44 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/07
Posts: 1795
Loc: shelbyville, illinois 42years ...
bloodroot can be dug year round, but the best time is in the fall,,,the roots are more potent and they tend to weigh heavier.
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#2603982 - 06/06/11 08:18 PM Re: wild roots and herbs pictorial #1 [Re: foxkidd44]
muddyriverdogz Offline
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Registered: 11/04/08
Posts: 1861
Loc: Cleveland IL
Cool.
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#2603998 - 06/06/11 08:24 PM Re: wild roots and herbs pictorial #1 [Re: foxkidd44]
Ohio Andy Offline
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Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 3802
Loc: Ohio
Why did you remove the finer roots from the main bulb? Any reason or did they just come off in the washing process?

Picture 7 to picture 8 ....
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#2604002 - 06/06/11 08:26 PM Re: wild roots and herbs pictorial #1 [Re: foxkidd44]
foxkidd44 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/07
Posts: 1795
Loc: shelbyville, illinois 42years ...
andy, it was a diffrent root.........i dug a few pounds worth today.
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#2604043 - 06/06/11 08:47 PM Re: wild roots and herbs pictorial #1 [Re: foxkidd44]
Canatrapper Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 357
Loc: Big Lake, Minnesota
what does blood root go for?

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#2604079 - 06/06/11 09:12 PM Re: wild roots and herbs pictorial #1 [Re: foxkidd44]
foxkidd44 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/07
Posts: 1795
Loc: shelbyville, illinois 42years ...
depends on the buyer right now it's around $5-$8 per lb
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#2604129 - 06/06/11 09:56 PM Re: wild roots and herbs pictorial #1 [Re: foxkidd44]
Dillrod Offline
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Registered: 01/27/08
Posts: 902
Loc: S/W Mich.
Very interesting , thank you and keep it up. Hope this stuff gets archived.
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#2604160 - 06/06/11 10:19 PM Re: wild roots and herbs pictorial #1 [Re: foxkidd44]
fishermanfred Offline
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Registered: 08/22/09
Posts: 18
Loc: upstate new york
great post...I have seen blood root before and never new what it was...how would someone go about using it as an antibiotic?

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#2604168 - 06/06/11 10:23 PM Re: wild roots and herbs pictorial #1 [Re: foxkidd44]
Lonewolf72 Offline
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Registered: 03/24/11
Posts: 15
Loc: Minnesota
Thanks a bunch. Please keep them coming. This is great info for me. Line drawings don't quite do the trick.
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#2604259 - 06/06/11 11:31 PM Re: wild roots and herbs pictorial #1 [Re: foxkidd44]
don Wolf Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 5842
Loc: evansville Indiana age67
Ok fellas and gals here is some more info on bloodroot. In my area most of your bloodroot digging must be done before mid july. Bloodroot is one of the first plants to die off in the summer. If you wait untill fall in my area, you won't dig much bloodroot. It is one of the first plants to flower in the spring of the year and one of the first plants to develope it's seeds. That is why it begins the die off early. I have a few plants close to my house and some of them have started to die already.
I can use wild ginger root at 1.00 per dry lb. and bloodroot at about 7 .00 per dry lb. If you get larger quantities of the roots, I would be willing to offer a bit of a bonus on lots of 100 lbs. and up.

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#2604341 - 06/07/11 04:48 AM Re: wild roots and herbs pictorial #1 [Re: foxkidd44]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 7276
Loc: South Central Nebraska age 64
Excellent post. Thank you. Tom

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#2604371 - 06/07/11 06:10 AM Re: wild roots and herbs pictorial #1 [Re: fishermanfred]
foxkidd44 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/07
Posts: 1795
Loc: shelbyville, illinois 42years ...
Originally Posted By: fishermanfred
great post...I have seen blood root before and never new what it was...how would someone go about using it as an antibiotic?


fred............i would not advise trying to use this yourself at home.......bloodroot is highly toxic and it can kill human cells.

pharmecueticals process the roots to make it safe for human consumption.
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#2604409 - 06/07/11 07:27 AM Re: wild roots and herbs pictorial #1 [Re: foxkidd44]
seeknulfind Offline
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Registered: 06/05/11
Posts: 1
Loc: Keysville, VA
Great post! Thank you.

Andy

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#2604483 - 06/07/11 09:08 AM Re: wild roots and herbs pictorial #1 [Re: foxkidd44]
pcr2 Offline
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Registered: 05/17/10
Posts: 128
Loc: potter co. p.a.
i have to wear gloves to dig my bloodroot or my hands blister,but it doesn't seem to bother my son.
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