If you know any words in our local language (Anishinaabemowin) for Red clover, please comment!
My favorite folk name for red clover is honey/honey-stalks, but it isn’t just honey bees that like this honey. Mammals like opossum, snowshoe hare, eastern chipmunk, raccoon, striped skunk, and white-tailed deer are buzzing about it. And birds like ring-necked pheasants, ruffed grouse, and wild turkeys.
A striped skunk has been living under my cabin some nights, so I’m hoping he’ll pose with clover later this year for a photo-op.
The fresh Spring leaves can be used like spinach, and the flowers are edible too. I like to use its flowers in tea occasionally. And the flowers can also be substituted for dandelions in this recipe for wild wine.
Using the seeds you can grow nutritous microgreens and sprouts. To prepare sprouts, rinse and then soak the seeds for 4-8 hrs, then rinse them twice a day for 5 days while they sprout, and they should be ready to eat! I use a Now Foods Sprouting Jar, which has a screened lid, for this, but I have to be extra careful because these seeds are tiny.
Rich in minerals.
Red clover is primarily said to support these body systems:
Medicinal tags include
Common usage includes parts in a tonic for menopause support (as red clover contains 4
This plant is a soil fixer, like dandelion, and is often used as a cover crop.
Easy to grow!
Red clover contains a blood thinner related to coumarin.
And the Usual Cautions:
1) Most medicinal herbs, if edible, are meant to be eaten in moderation, even sparingly. Some require extra preparation.
2) People can be allergic or sensitive to nearly any plant; try new herbs one at a time at your own risk.
3) For medicinal use, I must recommend receiving a diagnosis and working with a reputed health care provider. I generally do not post specific treatments and dosages because I think that is best between you and your health care provider, and ideally monitored. Herbalists do not have an official certification yet, but that may be in the works.
4) Anyone pregnant, nursing, or taking prescription drugs should talk to a health care professional before adding new food items to their diet.
5) Many plants have look-a-likes, and sometimes they are poisonous.
Field Guide to North American Edible Wild Plants