Lathyrus tuberosus

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Lathyrus tuberosus – tuber source

Family: Fabaceae
Latin name: Lathyrus tuberosus
English name: Earthnut pea, Aardaker, Fyfield pea, Tine-tare
Chinese name: –
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Parts used: Roots

It is considered a noxious weed in Canada and the U.S.A. It has been ocassionaly cultivated for its tuber. It is not considered a productive plant although it is a nitrogen fixer with many relatives in the family used for the purpose.

The flavor of the tuber is considered pleasant by many. It has a nutty flavor and a crispy texture. While it can be eaten raw it is usually cooked.

 

Geography:

In Europe and Western Asia. It is kept in gardens in Finland and has been an emergency food in Scotland in times of famine.

Chemistry:

Nutritionally the plant has great value as a source of potassium. According to a study conducted by scientists of the Atatürk University, the edible parts are the leaves and shoots, and  it contains 1544.38 mg/100g of fresh weight of leaves. [1]

Safety:

Although other members of the family are said to be toxic due to Lathyrin this does not seem to be the case for Lathyrus tuberosus.

 

References:

  1. Ertan Yildirim. “Academic Journals.” Journals.tubitak.gov.tr. 25 Sept. 2001. Web. 19 Apr. 2017.

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