What Is The Best Way To Grow Monkshood In The Garden?

Monk’s hood (Aconitum monnieri) is a species of evergreen shrub or small tree native to the Americas. Monk’s hood grows from two to four meters tall and can reach up to three meters in height with its branches reaching out over six feet. It produces large, glossy green leaves which are edible when cooked like spinach but they have other culinary uses too!

The leaves contain high levels of vitamin C, potassium, calcium and magnesium. They are used in soups and stews. The leaves can also be eaten raw or boiled into soup for a healthy alternative to potatoes. There are many different types of monk’s hoods, each with their own taste preferences.

Some prefer the sweet flavor while others prefer the peppery flavor.

In addition to being used as a vegetable, the leaves can also be dried and ground into flour. This makes it useful in baking such as breads and cakes. You may even want to try making your own bread using monk’s hood flour! If you’re looking for a tasty way to use up those fresh leaves, then you’ll love these recipes!

Monkshood Millet Croquettes


1 cup of milk

1 cup of water

1 cup of chopped, cooked millet (uncooked)

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¼ teaspoon of salt and pepper to taste (or lemon pepper for added flavor!)

1 egg (lightly beaten)

½ cup of grated cheddar cheese (or any other type of cheese!

¼ cup of bacon bits (or chopped bacon)

¼ cup of chopped onion

1 cup of fresh chopped monkshood leaves (or 2 tbspn dried)

2 cups of bread crumbs (you can purchase or make them yourself by tearing up some bread into pieces and putting them in a blender until they become crumbs!

¼ cup of vegetable oil (for frying)


1. Cook the millet in the water on medium heat for around 15 minutes or until all of the water has been absorbed and the millet is tender.

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Be careful not to burn it! Set aside to cool.

2. Crush the bread into crumbs in a blender or food processor.


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Recovery plan for northern monkshood (Aconitum noveboracense) by RH Read – 1983 – books.google.com

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