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Eastern redbud

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Eastern redbud flowers

Eastern redbud (Cercis Canadensis) is a deciduous tree with showy lavender flowers at the beginning of the Spring and right after the bloom, the heart shaped leaves appear. The fruit/pod is a legume, that can be sautéed as a side dish.

The pea-shaped flowers are edible and taste slightly tangy due to its high vitamin C content ( Zennie, Thomas M. and Ogzewalla, C. Dwayne. “Ascorbic Acid and Vitamin A Content of Edible Wild Plants of Ohio and Kentucky.” Economic Botany 3 Jan.-Mar. 1977: 76-79. Print.).

They can be enjoyed straight from the tree, infused in honey or apple cider vinegar, cooked in a jelly, cakes, muffins or used as a gorgeous edible decoration!

Next time you see an Eastern redbud, give its flowers a taste and you will  be delighted! Do not ingest if you do not have 100% positive identification.

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Eastern redbud leaves
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Eastern Redbud Pods

 

 

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