Apiaceae Umbelliferae Study Course




One of the most common questions we get asked on our beginners foraging walks is about the family Apiaceae. This is a large family of plants that includes Celery, Parsely, Parsnips, and Carrots. There are many more Apiaceae in the wild and many of them are edible – but many of them are also poisonous and the family is notoriously difficult to identify for a beginner.

On this course we will be looking at IDENTIFYING and learning the necessary skills to identify at least SEVEN wild Apiaceae which may include:

  • Lovage
  • Hemlock Water Dropwort
  • Common Hogweed
  • Giant Hogweed
  • Cow Parsley
  • Ground Elder
  • Queen Anne’s Lace
  • Angelica
  • Fennel

We will also discuss identifying features of other important Umbellifers including Hemlock and Fools Parsley.
We will be looking at both poisonous and edible members of this family and tips on how to avoid the poisonous ones and what their effects are.

We will also be looking at the family using a variety of reference books and ID charts to compare and learn identifying features.

At the end of the course we will provide an individual assessment of your learning with guidance and next steps for you to continue your learning journey. We recommend you have a background of foraging for at least 2 years before you undertake this course (dependant on the person and how much you have studied previously).

This course will take 3-4 hours. Please bring a water bottle with you for the walk.

This course is designed to further your learning journey and delve deeper into more complex identifying skills and markers. You should NOT expect to be able to safely forage Apiaceae right away after this course for consumption. We advise all participants to practice their Identification skills and solidify their knowledge over time. This course WILL provide a foundation to learning the Apiaceae family group, show you real Umbellifers in the wild and show you key ID markers to look out for along with helpful guidance so that you can continue your learning journey.

Meet Up Locations

  • Basecamp 
    Meet up outside 1234 Persore Road B30 2YA. This is a residential address where we will return to after the course to study.


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