PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Red Clover

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Trifolium pretense / Fabaceae or Leguminosae (legume)

COMMON NAME(S):

CONDITIONS: sun, grasslands
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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slightly bitter

RAW/COOK

Spring-Fall

Buds/Flowers

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slightly sweet

RAW/COOK

Spring-Fall

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

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COOK

 

Seeds

 

 

   

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION:  small

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.http://www.eattheweeds.com/clover-available-around-the-world-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.(3)

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:  other clovers, wood sorrel http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/wood-sorel.html

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

OTHER USES:

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/User/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Trifolium+pratense 
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trifolium_pratense
  3. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/07/clover-red.html (good photos)
  4. https://botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/c/clovrd75.html