Plant A Day – Eastern Redbud

Eastern Redbud Cercis canadensis

Eastern Redbud
Cercis canadensis

The weird thing about the Eastern Redbud is that it is in the same family as the Soybean, i.e. it is a legume.  A related fun fact is that they are edible.  Not the whole plant of course, but the flowers are tasty and the pods, when they first come out, are said to be quite delicious.  The flowers are eaten raw, perhaps in a salad.  The tender young pods can be cooked up just like snow peas.

The young pods are quite delicious.

The young pods are quite delicious.

The delicate flowers are edible and add an attractive color to a meal.

The delicate flowers are edible and add an attractive color to a meal.

Redbud trees are quite prolific.

Redbud trees are quite prolific.

The pods last all winter

The pods last all winter

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