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Aug 18, 2021 3:15 PM CST
Name: Ratchet
Southeastern AZ (Zone 8b)
This plant grows in a mound like a Datura. It has small white/purple flowers (none open right at the moment.)
It has hairy leaves, sticky backed and numerous large pods. The pods are green, hairy and quite large.
The second picture is a pod held next to a gaillardia flower for size comparison. The flowers on the Pod Plant are small purple white, bell shapes.
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Aug 18, 2021 3:50 PM CST
Name: Kelly
Redding, California (Zone 9b)
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Devil's claw, Proboscidea louisianica.

I didn't recognize the plant but I remember the seed pod. They dry and open into a bizarre ram horn looking thing. People make humorous creatures and sculptures out of them.
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Aug 18, 2021 3:51 PM CST

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Your plant is Proboscidea Louisianica.
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Aug 18, 2021 3:59 PM CST
Name: Ratchet
Southeastern AZ (Zone 8b)
Thank You Both Very Much
It is edible. I was hoping for a more..readily edible volunteer, maybe a tasty squash but this will do fine. I am going to try to fry it or preserve it in some way as I never have mushrooms and this is reputed to have a mushroom flavor.
Edible, do I dare?
Thanks Again!
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Aug 18, 2021 4:07 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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I wouldn't have ID'd the plant as Devil's Claw (although that's exactly what it is) because the plant doesn't appear to be as fuzzy as I remember them and those are the wrong flowers - the flowers should be pink tube flowers.
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Aug 18, 2021 5:10 PM CST
Name: Ratchet
Southeastern AZ (Zone 8b)
DaisyI said:I wouldn't have ID'd the plant as Devil's Claw (although that's exactly what it is) because the plant doesn't appear to be as fuzzy as I remember them and those are the wrong flowers - the flowers should be pink tube flowers.

The plant is very fuzzy. The flowers are pink, (white/purple) small tubes. The flowers pictured are gaillardia, blanket flower that are growing next to the Odd Pods. I used gaillardia blossoms behind the picked pod to show the relative size of the pods. Sorry if my description was misleading as you were and are correct. IT is Devil's Claw.
Now does anyone have a recipe Smiling
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Aug 18, 2021 6:15 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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I didn't know they were edible. The kids thought of endless craft projects for the split dried pods. I'll have to ask them if they ever tried eating one (they spent most of their childhoods 'homesteading' the back of our 2 acre yard).
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Aug 18, 2021 7:08 PM CST
Name: Ratchet
Southeastern AZ (Zone 8b)
DaisyI said:I didn't know they were edible. The kids thought of endless craft projects for the split dried pods. I'll have to ask them if they ever tried eating one (they spent most of their childhoods 'homesteading' the back of our 2 acre yard).

As far as I can determine, the pods can be fried, are something like Okra and also can be pickled. I will fry some up within the next how many hours and let you know how it tastes. I am not going to pickle them or not unless they have a most delicious flavor. I will bet that if those pods were tasty, at least as tasty as winter and summer squash, they would be more widely known and eaten.
I don't expect a gourmet delight. I will let y'all know right soon as I am going out a gather a few pods now.
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Aug 18, 2021 7:26 PM CST
Name: Ratchet
Southeastern AZ (Zone 8b)
I Ate One! I sliced a young tender pod, fried it in butter and chewed it up. I didn't swallow it because it is not wise to ingest plants or any part thereof unless there is an onsite person to absolutely verify the ID. I don't doubt the ID's from the photos but I am not betting my life on it.
That Said:
I chewed it up. It is bitter. However it lent an intriguing flavor to the butter, actually an imitation mushroom flavor.
It isn't going to replace winter squash on my menu (barring wide spread famine) but that flavored butter has possibilities, yes indeed.
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Aug 18, 2021 10:07 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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Rolling on the floor laughing You chewed it up but didn't swallow so you're safe? Ummm, no you're dead.
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Aug 18, 2021 10:11 PM CST

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DaisyI said: Rolling on the floor laughing You chewed it up but didn't swallow so you're safe? Ummm, no you're dead.


According to the Victoria Department of Agriculture (in Australia), this plant is not toxic.

http://vro.agriculture.vic.gov...
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Aug 18, 2021 11:59 PM CST
Name: Ratchet
Southeastern AZ (Zone 8b)
According to my "Survival Guide, Going Native" which was published sometime in the last century, "never taste or ingest a berry or a mushroom without knowing for absolutely certain the exact name and properties of the plant.
Green parts can be tasted, not ingested. I did taste Oleander once, the leaves but they were so bitter...I didn't keep them in my mouth for more than a moment. The poison in green parts is usually oxalic acid and that is the "bitter" awful taste of Oleander. Roots can be sometimes cooked and eaten (I never experimented with that)
You are absolutely correct though.
Daisy, I suddenly realized those "green parts" that I tasted were berries or fruits and therefore could be poisonous even if the berries may not taste as bad as Oleander leaves.
Gardener 2493 Devil's Claw is not toxic.
Meanwhile, I am not dead yet, not experiencing any ill effects but that is probably more due to the correct identification of the plant than any good sense or judgement I had.
The Rule is..don't taste or ingest any part of any plant unless the plant is known, absolutely, to be non toxic.
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Aug 19, 2021 12:14 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
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Gardener2493 said:
According to the Victoria Department of Agriculture (in Australia), this plant is not toxic.


You are absolutely right, THIS plant is not toxic but what about the next?
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Aug 19, 2021 12:36 AM CST
Name: Ratchet
Southeastern AZ (Zone 8b)
DaisyI said:

You are absolutely right, THIS plant is not toxic but what about the next?


I will identify the plant first. And I never touch mushrooms except the ones from the store.
Your concern is justified. Munching the landscape is a foolish past time and a dangerous one.
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Aug 19, 2021 10:06 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
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Devils Claw is often marketed as a mild pain reliever for horses - for what that's worth...
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Aug 23, 2021 5:53 PM CST
Name: Jodi Bittick
TX (Zone 8a)
I found one of the devil's claw seed pods once and decided to see what it grew. I got a plant with a very pretty flower, but one the flower bloomed it had a very pungent & unpleasant odor. I pulled it up. But the dried pods are very interesting and I think it is a good idea to make thin
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