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Jamie Jackson
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Anyone know how to eat bundleflower seed. Lemme tell you popping them into your mouth and chewing isn't one! Our first year bundleflowers are producing these beautiful tiny little seeds and I'll be planting them all around the orchard to help the soil. But at some point I'll have enough to eat and can't find any articles on how to do that? I guess grinding into a flour perhaps or grinding like flax seed raw?

http://www.landinstitute.org/vnews/display.v/ART/1988/10/23/3e764cfb806d3

I also tried feeding them to the chickens and they spit them out.

 
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Plants for a Future says to cook them. http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Desmanthus+illinoensis You might try cooking the immature seedpods as a green vegetable.
 
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Tyler Ludens wrote:Plants for a Future says to cook them. http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Desmanthus+illinoensis You might try cooking the immature seedpods as a green vegetable.


Thank you! Do you think I'd cook them by boiling them? I have no clue.
 
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I would try boiling them until tender.
 
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Tyler Ludens wrote:I would try boiling them until tender.


Thanks I will.
 
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Current and former Land Institute employees and interns tell me it tastes bad. You have to boil it. They are working on techniques to remove the bad flavor.
 
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Eric Toensmeier wrote:Current and former Land Institute employees and interns tell me it tastes bad. You have to boil it. They are working on techniques to remove the bad flavor.


Thanks Eric!! Who are these people and can I work with them? No need to duplicate efforts. Is it a tannin bitter bad taste like with acorns or some other bad taste I wonder? I have a couple more bundles that are ready to pick probably tomorrow. I will probably only be able to do one experiment this year because I have so few seeds. But I"m from the south and have made some pretty bad stuff taste good with enough chili powder, garlic and onions

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I'd just give the Land Institute a call. I've found them friendly and pretty easy to get a hold of.
 
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Eric Toensmeier wrote:I'd just give the Land Institute a call. I've found them friendly and pretty easy to get a hold of.


Thanks, I'll be working with them on an earthen floor project soon I hope.
 
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