PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME:  White Clover

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

COMMON NAME(S): Dutch clover, Ladino clover, or Ladino

CONDITIONS: sun
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

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Spring-Fall

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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RAW/COOK

Spring-Fall

Buds/Flowers

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RAW/COOK

Spring-Fall

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

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COOK

 

Seeds

 

 

   

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

COMMENT:  Taste of flowers depends on if bees already ate the nectar. Flowers can be dried and ground into flour. Root can be dried before cooking.

CAUTION:  The flowers and leaves must be used either within 30 minutes after picking or left to dry for 4-6 weeks. Soon after being picked the plant starts producing cyanide compounds and in an hour or less they can become dangerous to eat. If left to dry for 4-6 weeks these cyanides will disappear. For this reason one should NOT include clover when making sauerkraut, kimchi, or other fermented greens as the fermentation process doesn't interfere with the production of cyanide.(4)

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Vitamin A & C, calcium, iron, sterols, and flavonoids.(4) Antirheumatic;  Antiscrophulatic;  Depurative;  Detergent;  Ophthalmic;  Tonic. (1)

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

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

OTHER USES: green manure (1)

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

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?LatinName=Trifolium+repens  
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/clover-available-around-the-world-2
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trifolium_repens  
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/clover.html  (good photos)