Vicia tetrasperma: Lentil vetch

Annual herb that flowers on the hillside, sometimes found alone, sometimes amidst the grasses, and sometimes amidst the fleabane and yellow wood sorrel.

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8 Responses to Vicia tetrasperma: Lentil vetch

  1. Suzassippi says:

    Thank you; I have been enamored of these little jewels since I first saw them.

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  2. Betty says:

    Your text at the end reads like a poem.

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  3. Beth says:

    Vey delicate. Is it edible?

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Good question, Beth. I had to look it up and I personally would not risk it. It apparently depends–like “who wrote the opinion?” USDA does not list it as toxic. However, scientific papers coming out of Australia are showing the substitution of common vetch seeds for red lentils, and it is toxic to humans. Wikipedia reports the forms of vetch typically used for animal forage are toxic to humans. Research from the University of New Hampshire indicates the toxicity (neuro-toxins) in common vetch have prohibited its use, but research is in progress to determine how to remove the GCBA toxin in order to enable its use as a protein (from the seeds, which do resemble lentils). UK’s Plants for a Future organization indicates no known hazards, rates edibility as 1 out of 5, edible parts are leaves, and use is as greens or a coffee substitute. I suppose it is a lot like mushrooms: one had better know with certainty before consuming wild plants.

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