Herb latin name: Lotus edulis
Edible parts of Lotus edulis:Young seedpods - raw or cooked. The pods are a bit small and fiddly (they are about 3cm long) but they have quite a pleasant taste eaten raw, rather like French Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris).
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Sandy, stony and rocky places.
Propagation of Lotus edulis:Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in situ in the spring. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 4 weeks at 15°C. If seed is in short supply, it can be sown in pots in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in late spring or early summer.
Cultivation of the herb:Sandy, stony and rocky places.
Medicinal use of Lotus edulis:None known
Known hazards of Lotus edulis:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.