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Groundnut, anyone?

Posted By: heidi
Date: July-14, 1998 at 11:11:15

Groundnut, anyone?

Last night I was browsing in the Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants (Eastern/Central) , (Houghton Mifflin, 1990) and the following caught my eye:

>Apios americana Medic. Pea Family

>[appearance, etc.]
>Uses: Delicious tubers used as food by Pilgrims during first bleak winters. Favorite >Indian food. With 3 times the protein of potatoes, each Groundnut plant, under cultivation, may >produce 5 pounds of tubers. The plant has been suggested as a nitrogen-fixing edible >ornamental for permaculturists. John Josselyn (1672) suggested a poultice of groundnut root be >used for cancerous conditions known as ďproud flesh.Ē

At first glance this plant looks like a great potato substitute. Does anyone know if it is widely cultivated today, and if so, why itís not at my whole foods store? ;-)

In the interests of fostering an ER4YT-friendly agriculture, Iím performing little research projects to educate myself and disseminate useful info to farmers & others. Big croppers (and bakers) arenít going to switch from wheat to quinoa overnight! but Iíd like to learn more about how a transition could be made attractive & helped along. My hope is that we can shift from a wheat, corn and potato-heavy cultivation to one more in harmony with an optimal human diet, and to make that process as painless for the huge farming industry as possible.

Any groundnut-loving Pilgrims out there?



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