What is Melilot?

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Melilot (Melilotus officinalis), also known as Yellow Sweet Clover, is a non-native plant originating from Eurasia and brought to the US as fodder for animals and a cover crop to produce a bust of nitrogen to poor soil and fields. It is not considered a weed but can become invasive if not monitored properly as it can be found in all types of soil.

Melilot benefits honeybees with it’s abundance of nectar and pollen and several types of butterflies and moths larvae which consumes the buds, leaves and flowers. Many mammals such as rabbits, moles and deer typically enjoy the leaves and flowers from the life benefiting plant as well as various birds who consume the seeds. As an herb, it is used medically under a physician’s care for a variety of ailments such as bruises and circulation problems.

In the home garden, Melilot is usually grown as an annual but is actually considered a biennial. It has a scent similar to fresh hay or mowed grass and it’s muted yellow flowers can be an asset to any wildlife or pollinator garden.

Resources:

http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/m/melilo29.html

https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/species/melilotus/officinalis/

 

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Five Common Edible Flowers In The Home Garden

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Did you know, there are edible flowers in most home gardens? Many gardeners grow plants for visual appeal and for their fruit, but many flowers also offer the same taste as their hosts.

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Bachelors Button / Cornflower – (Centaurea cynaus)

Bachelor button flowers have a sweet to clove-like, spicy flavor and are a great addition to any fresh garden salad or as a colorful garnish.

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Pansy  (Viola X wittrockiana)

Pansy flowers are most noted for their abundance of beautiful, vibrant colors. The flowers have a mildly sweet grass-like flavor and are excellent accompaniments to salads, desserts and sprinkled on top of soups. They can, of course, also be used as a garnish.

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Impatiens  (Impatiens wallerana)

Impatiens are favorites for any home garden and come in an array of lovely colors. The flowers offer a sweet flavor and can be added as a garnish to desserts, salads and drinks.

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Signet Marigold (Tagetes tenuifolia – aka T. signata)

Also known as American Saffron, this strain of marigold has a slight citrus flavor and can be added to salads or used as a saffron substitute in dishes.

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Sunflowers (Helianthus annus) 

Sunflowers have an amazing assortment of edible uses. The flower buds can be cooked like artichokes and the roots can be eaten raw or cooked. The leaves, roots and flower petals can be brewed into a tea and has an earthy flavor. The leaves can also be used raw in salads or cooked liked spinach. The stalks  have a celery like flavor and can be eaten as a healthy snack.

Note: Make sure you consume flowers that have not been treated with pesticides or other chemicals that are used in most garden centers or nurseries. As with any plant if you are unsure if it is edible, please be sure to research them thoroughly before consumption.

Additional resources:

https://whatscookingamerica.net

 

 

 

 

 

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