Snowdrops - Are they edible?

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harr13
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Snowdrops - Are they edible?

Postby harr13 » Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:31 am

I have read 1 or 2 sources stating that snowdrops are edible - once dried. Another source states just use the bulbs; but another says the bulbs are extremely toxic. Can anyone shed any light on our dear little white pretties? :)

ItalianBee
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Re: Snowdrops - Are they edible?

Postby ItalianBee » Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:27 pm

I have always understood that they were poisonous. I wouldn't risk it personally!

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Re: Snowdrops - Are they edible?

Postby em8 » Tue Mar 17, 2015 6:08 am

I have only ever heard that they were poisonous too. Even the animals wont eat them and I think that says it all x

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Re: Snowdrops - Are they edible?

Postby NateFlory » Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:27 am

I also have heard that snowdrops are quite solidly on the toxic side, ... HOWEVER, I also have a vague half-remembered comment somewhere that mentioned using it medicinally, in the same CAUTIOUS and LIMITED manner that poke or foxglove or such are used. But in general, yeah, I wouldn't risk it until a more reliable source is found to confirm it's potability.
They certainly are pretty though, and I always try to grow them as a charm (inspired by the book/movie StarDust, by Neil Gaiman) and a smile.

harr13
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Re: Snowdrops - Are they edible?

Postby harr13 » Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:55 pm

Thank you all for your replies. :)
I had hoped to add them to my medicine cabinet, but I'm not going to unless more positive sources are found. I have read that the bulbs are used to aide alzheimers.

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Re: Snowdrops - Are they edible?

Postby marvinuncleherbs » Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:45 am

I believe they may be poisonous, most flowers that come from bulbs are, like daffodils and crocuses. The only edible flowers that I know of are nasturtiums, pansies, roses, violets, geraniums, primroses, borage flowers and courgette flowers.

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Re: Snowdrops - Are they edible?

Postby harr13 » Sat Mar 21, 2015 5:43 pm

That's a useful tip. Thank you. :)


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