Black Medic (Medicago lupulin)

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Introduced from Europe Black Medic is an edible and medicinal weed commonly known as Hop Clover, Yellow Trefoil or Burclover. Often mistaken for clover it is green manure grown before a crop is planted to add nitrogen to the soil.  It is a beneficial plant as it fertilizes nearby plants with nitrogen.

Rich in vitamins A, C, and E, young leaves and shoots can be eaten raw or cooked as a potherb. They contain about 6% protein, 0.14% fat, 9.5% carbohydrate and 1.4% ash.

The seeds can be eaten raw, dried or roasted and ground into flour when they turn black..

Black Medic has laxative qualities and has antibacterial properties against micro-organisms.

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.