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04/02/2012

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I was just looking around for information on burclovers when I came across this fun article here.

I thought I'd let you know that the cousin of black medic, toothed burclover (Medicago polymorpha), is also known to be nutritional. I have a tendency to look up any weed in my yard, especially after I discovered that Saint John's Wart is my primary garden nemesis.

Anyway, what I learned was that polymorpha is rich in vitamins, and behaves much like mustard greens. Young shoots and leaves can be eaten raw, but the older leaves contain weak toxins (saponins) that are easily rendered neutral by cooking. The nutritional value of Black Medic is alluded to, and ironically it said "A nutritional analysis is available" when an hour searching turned up nothing, but the leaves were said to be a potherb. I thought you'd like to know!

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