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Foraging Red Clover for Medicine and Food


| 6/19/2020 1:47:00 PM


red cloverIt’s a flower. It’s a legume. It’s several kinds of medicine. It’s flour to bake with, an infusion to sip, something to kick up the nitrogen in your soil, it’s … (drumroll, please) … Red Clover!

Red Clover: Nitrogen Fixer

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) is a perennial plant that is in peak bloom right now through early July. It’s leaflets come in groupings of 3 (no 4-leafed clovers here), and often sport a whitish, chevron-shaped mark. The flowers look like pink or pinkish-purple pompoms made up of many tiny individual florets. The whole flower heads are 1/2 to 1 1/4 inches in diameter. The plants usually get to be about 16 inches tall.

Trifolium pratense is in the Fabaceae, also known as the legume family. It is often planted by farmers as a cover crop because it has the super power of being able to fix atmospheric nitrogen in the soil and make that biologically available to nourish other plants.

Medicinal Properties of Red Clover

That’s not the only super power red clover has. Medicinally, it is used for respiratory complaints, and for chronic skin ailments such as eczema. Isoflavone compounds in red clover act as phytoestrogens and are used to relieve menopausal symptoms. There are a few studies out there (and hopefully more will be done) that indicate red clover may be useful in preventing and treating breast cancer.



kathyreid
6/19/2020 9:34:59 AM

What about infusing them in Vegas such as raw apple cider Vinegar or drying for tea?


kathyreid
6/19/2020 9:27:37 AM

What about infusing them in Vegas such as raw apple cider Vinegar or drying for tea?


krystlemitchellartistry
7/20/2017 7:45:30 PM

It is mid July and the flowers are drying on the plants from the intense heat, can I still pick them?




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