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NAME: Red Clover
LATIN NAME / FAMILY: Trifolium Pratense / Fabaceae or Leguminosae (legume)
CONDITIONS: sun, grasslands
COMMENT: Leaves raw or boiled; flowers tea or smoked. (4) Taste of flowers depends on if bees already taken the nectar.
CAUTION: “NEVER ferment and eat any part of it. You want your clover either completely fresh or completely dried, Never in between. Lastly clover in warm climates can produce small amounts of cyanide." (2) Red clover leaves and flowers can be eaten raw but they are easier to digest if boiled for a bit. More often the flowers (fresh or dried) are made into beneficial tea. Seep/simmer (don't boil) the red clover leaves and flowers in water for about ten minutes to release its full flavor and helpful chemicals such as salicylic acid (aspirin), trypotphan (sleep inducer), genistan (anti-cancer agent), and estrogenic chemicals.(4)
NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: Protein (3) https://draxe.com/red-clover/ and https://botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/c/clovrd75.html. Red clover has high levels of estrogen.
LOOK-A-LIKES: white clover, wood sorrel, oxalis
SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):
- http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/07/clover-red.html (good photos)
- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Trifolium_pratense (good photos)