Fall Seed Collecting

Today I found a Redbud (Cercis canadensis) tree covered with dried seedpods. I grabbed a dozen and will start a few trees this winter.

I like to eat the flowers, pods, and dried seeds. The flowers are a welcome sight in late winter, the tree is covered in purple blooms. Dried, the blooms are a nice addition to tea. As the pods form, use much like snow peas. I harvest a pound or two of dried seeds for cooking like lentils.

I admit that I rinse the dried beans before cooking and drain.

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About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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