A Seasonal Blog post

This blog post is off schedule I know. But it is right on schedule for what I want to share.

This lovely little specimen is to be the subject of this post.

Yes, the Redbud tree!

Did you know that there is more to this little spring beauty than it's looks? Sure enough!

The unopened buds are edible and can be pickled and used in the place of capers! Look here for the recipe: http://foodpreservation.about.com/od/Pickles/fl/Pickled-Redbud-Blossoms.htm

The opened blossoms are edible and can be sprinkled on salads, in pancake batter, on ice cream or yogurt or just eaten as a fun snack!

Recipes here:  http://indianapublicmedia.org/eartheats/red-bud-dessert-making-yogurt/ 

And here: http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/sauce-spread/jam/redbud-jelly-in-the-spring.html

The undeveloped seed pods are also edible. You can harvest them before the seeds inside get very big and use them like snow peas!

Wow! Who would have thought that such a pretty little tree could hold so many benefits for us!! Well....what are you waiting for? Go get 'em!!

Sara and the Ol' Farmhouse family

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Posted on April 7, 2015 .