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Red Clover :: Herb of the Month

Posted Apr 11 2010 4:59pm

image credit :: Red Clover Trifolium pratense by cliff1066

This months herb of the month is on red clover, a pretty pinkish/purplish flower with narrow petals. It’s one of the many species of the clover family and is considered to be one of the richest sources of isoflavones and it offers many valuable nutrients:

calcium | chromium | magnesium | niacin phosphorus | potassium thiamine | vitamin C

The young fresh leaves and new flowers of red clover are both edible – add them to salads and soups. Also, the sprouted seeds add a robust flavor and crisp texture to salads, sandwiches, and other recipes.

photo credit :: Mountain Rose Herbs


Red Clover Flower Blossoms

These pretty blossoms, either fresh or dried, makes a delicate sweet and medicinal tea. It is alterative, antiscrofulous, antispasmodic, aperient, detergent, diuretic, estrogenic, expectorant, sedative and tonic – used medicinally to treat a wide variety of conditions, many of them having to do with reproductive functions, and menopause. It’s also known to be a good tonic for colds, purify the blood, and studies suggest it’s an anti-cancer agent.

photo credit :: Mountain Rose Herbs


Red Clover Seeds

Red clover is an easily grown no fuss plant from seed. You can even grow it from root cuttings. This plant blooms from April thought out the summer months. Consider growing it in your yard, you can find red clover seed online at Mountain Rose Herbs , or you can enter the drawing for red clover below.


Red Clover Giveaway

Leaving a comment enters you into the drawing. Share any tips, suggestions, ideas, your experience using red clover, or your desire to learn more and try it. At the end of this month, one of your names will be drawn from the comment section of this post, and our sponsor Mountain Rose Herbs will send a gift red clover to the winning participant.


Happy Anniversary!!!

Happy Herb of the Month anniversary Mountain Rose Herbs !
It’s been a year a great fun and learning. Much appreciation and many thanks to everyone at Mountain Rose Herbs for your sponsorship and support, and to Raw Epicurean readers for your interest, participation, and support. We look forward to many more herb of the month posts and giveaway and we hope to inspire you to use herbs and spices in more and more recipes.

xoxo,
Ingrid

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