A number of acacia trees have edible seeds like A. victoriae, A.longifolia
(also called A.sophorae), A.notabilis, A.retinodes, A.pycnantha and
A.fimbriata. Mostly, commercial products are prepared by lightly baking the
seed, then grinding it to a powder. The most popular commercial products
containing wattle seed are breads, biscuits, cakes, and ice cream - Wattle
seed is gluten-free and so is suitable for particular diets, but in
bread-making the absence of gluten affects the texture, and so wattle seed
flour is combined with a higher proportion of ordinary wheaten flour. Wattle
seed could be a useful ingredient in diabetic diets, as the carbohydrates
are absorbed quite slowly, so providing energy over a long period.
Mongongo trees - Why should we garden, when there are so many mongongo
trees in the world? - !Kung tribesman. See
Moringa Oleifera - you can use all parts of it! Check this out...
it is truly amazing. I have
tried to grow some here but it is too cold - Victoria, Australia. I have one
tree that survived last winter - well it died back to roots and then came
back in spring - but it is still only 20cm tall whereas it grows really fast
in sub-tropical/tropical environments. I want a greenhouse (or at least a
house with north facing windows) sometimes!
Also the tamarind tree (Tamarindus indica) - it is one of the most useful of
tropical trees - for shelter, shade, food firebreaks, fuel wood, forage,
fodder, bee food and mulch. Leaves, flowers and immature pods are eaten as
vegetables, while these items plus the bark and roots have medicinal
I recommend the books Edible Forest Gardens but Dave Jacke and Eric
Toensmeier . Book 2 has an amazing appendix cover vast numbers of temperate
climate edible plants including trees, shrubs, herbs, ground covers and root
crops. Also http://www.ibiblio.org/pfaf/D_search.html
is a fantastic
resource. This search
&CAN=EDIB lists all the plants with edible leaves, including trees. You can
click on a tree to get more detailed information. I use this resource
Hope this helps, or is interesting at least.
] On Behalf Of jhereg9333
Sent: Sunday, 1 March 2009 2:04 PM
Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Kansas legume type tree
In addition to the trees/shrubs already mentioned, I'd like to add
young "Rose of Sharon" leaves (sorry, scientific name eludes me atm)
as well as young maple leaves (Acer spp.). I'm particularly fond of
the red leaved varieties, they have a deep, rich flavor with some
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> > Thanks for the many good ideas. I'm learning so much about
> > bushes - and, well, life :-) .
> > Sara
> I am wondering whether anyone knows of any trees that produce
tasty, nutritious leaves? I find it odd that I've never heard of ANY
> that are used for the production of leaves for food. Seems like
> must be something out there that could be at least developed into a
> good leaf crop.
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