Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Name that Plant: Pink and White Edition

On yesterday's run we made our way through my favorite meadow. This time the area was filled with clover. I'm not talking about the anemic stuff that manages to dodge the lawn mower blade; I'm talking about heaps of healthy plants. And among the white clover was this beautiful pink variety:

A little research shows that it's actually red clover, and is a common wild edible. It has a history of being used in a medical context, and apparently has a high content of isoflavones, which the body converts into something like estrogen.

Next time I'm passing through, I'll have to pick up a few flowers to nibble on. Who knows, maybe they will help with my hot flashes ;-).

I'm just amazed that I never noticed we had red clover in the area.

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