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WILD BEANS!

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General links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_edible_seeds#Legumes

http://www.wildpantry.com/beans.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bean_tree - not all edible                   

 

 

AMERICAN HOG PEANUT  Amphicarpaea bracteata

File:Amphicarpaea bracteata subsp. edgeworthii 2.JPG http://tcpermaculture.com/site/2013/05/07/permaculture-plants-hog-peanut/ 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphicarpaea_bracteata

 

https://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?latinname=Amphicarpaea+bracteata

 

AMERICAN GROUNDNUT / HOPNISS edible shoots, flowers, the seeds that grow in pods like peas, and the very important tubers high in protein, but must be properly prepared.

Apios americanahttp://www.jeffpippen.com/plants/apios-americana060813-4153brnswckz.jpg 

 

 

 

 

 

        https://orionmagazine.org/article/stalking-the-wild-groundnut/

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/  Apios_americana

        http://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?latinname=Apios+americana


BLACK LOCUST
Use caution re: seeds, questions on edibility.
 Pulp is sweet and makes a great drink.

 

Image result for black locust, edible pods

 

http://tcpermaculture.com/site/2013/11/18/permaculture-plants-black-locust/

http://www.seeds-gallery.com/en/black-locust-tree-seeds.html

 

http://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Robinia+pseudoacacia

 

 

 

HONEY LOCUST beans & pods only edible when young and green, dark dry beans used as coffee substitute, pulp is sweet and makes a great drink -

http://media-3.web.britannica.com/eb-media/62/10962-004-23CDAEDB.jpg 

http://tcpermaculture.com/site/2013/08/01/permaculture-plants-honey-locust/

 

http://firstways.com/2011/11/01/wild-candy-in-the-honey-locust-tree/  

 

http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Gleditsia+triacanthos

 

http://www.wildpantry.com/beans.htm (scroll down)

 

KENTUCKY COFFEE TREE dry seeds must be roasted.  Pulp is sweet and makes a great drink. Use with caution.


Kentucky Coffeetree green seed pod
 

http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Gymnocladus+dioica

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentucky_coffeetree#Food  The seed may be roasted and used as a substitute for coffee beans; however, unroasted pods and seeds are toxic.

http://www.friendsofthewildflowergarden.org/pages/plants/kentuckycoffee.html (great photos, questionable analysis of edibility)

 

HYACINTH BEAN edible leafs, flower, pods, sprouts, beans, roots

 

http://www.eattheweeds.com/hyacinth-bean-purple-protein-and-more-2/  METHOD OF PREPARATION: Numerous. Young leaves edible fresh or dried, young pods with immature seeds, edible cooked. Flowers and sprouts edible raw or cooked. Older non-dry beans cooked. Dry beans soaked and cooked in two changes of water. Older beans, leaves and pods strong in flavor and texture. Young and tender is better and safer. Roots cooked.

 

GINKGO BEAN / NUT ginkgo biloba
edible seed (in small quantities) & oil

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/28/Ginkgo_Seed.JPG/220px-Ginkgo_Seed.JPG

 

https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=ginkgo+biloba

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginkgo_biloba#Culinary_use