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Is Kidney Vetch Edible?

Kidney Vetch aka Anthyllis vulneraria

This striking, woolly headed plant certainly stands out from the crowd. We often stumble upon Kidney Vetch when we are out for a stroll along the seaside but is kidney vetch edible? The answer is yes.

Many parts of this wild plant are used in herbal medicine. The dried flower heads are a tea substitute and the roots and leaves are used as an astringent and laxative. To use the flower, leave the petals to dry naturally in a warm, dry area for 3 – 4 days, add a teaspoon of honey and voila you have yourself a vetch tea.

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