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melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


July 10, 2008
6:26 PM

Post #5236362

The blooms ARE edible for sure, as I have done so myself. They have the taste of fresh spring peas, and are lovely in salads.

just make sure that you know where the blooms came from, and that nothing has been sprayed nearby. Also, collecting edibles from along the roadside is not advised because of the exhaust from the vehicles will make an invisible coating on whatever you harvest. As with all wild edibles, when in doubt...don't.
Aunt_A


July 11, 2008
12:15 AM

Post #5238093

Melody,
I wish it were Spring again. I just might try 'em...
You are so right about what invisible coatings might be on whatever one harvests!
Thanks for your comments.
April
Rightstar
Cincinnati, OH

July 14, 2008
12:20 PM

Post #5256388

I look forward every year to a spring salad with redbud flowers and purple wild violet flowers torn up and sprinkled on top. I found out that redbuds are edible from a sign in the San Antonio botanical garden which claimed the early pioneers planted them as food crop plants. It said you could eat the flowers and the pods, while they were still very small and tender. The flowers have a light lemony flavor which is delightful, but I've never tried the pods.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


July 14, 2008
12:28 PM

Post #5256430

I've never tried the pods either, but it sounds interesting...hmmm...got some out in the garden right now. Might add them to stir fry tonight...

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