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Related to cercidium floridum: Blue Palo Verde
blue palo verde
Trees have smooth bluegreen trunk, larger leaves, small thorns along the branch at the leaf nodes, and no spine at the end of the branch. Seed pods are larger pod than Foothills seed pods, and the pod does not “shrink-wrap” around the seeds. Flowers edible. Seed pods edible green or ripe. The young green seeds taste like peas or edamame. Dry brown seeds should be sprouted (soaked in water) before eating. To store green seeds, put in boiling water for a minute, then in ice water for a minute, then seal and freeze. Store dry seeds in freezer to kill pathogens. Do not seal in plastic bag and leave room temp or they will mold.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz