Mountain Cucumber

Also called:
Bigroot, Coastal Manroot, Manroot, Old Man-in-the-ground,
Oregon Bigroot, Wild Cucumber

Scientific Name: Marah oreganus (Synonym: Echinocystis oregana)

Seen on hike to Hart's Cove on the Coast 8/13/13

This perennil grows each year from a massive taprot.

Some say that the taproot of this plant is edible, others say it taste terrible and that it was very bitter.

However, in Chinese culture, a person is viewed positively if they are able to eat more bitter food. The idea being that if you can take bitter food, you can take bitter experinces in life.

A quote by the Taoist (and Chinese Medical) Master Lily Siou, "They who can taste the bitterest of bitters are the true humans among the people".

Do offer some comments: Message will go to Joan and Elmer
Type your message in the box below and include your name

Put your name here.................

If you would like to see more Pictures
Click on a thumbnail below to enlarge the image