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The Resilience Hub & Portland Maine Permaculture Message Board › Breadroot - Psoralea esculenta

Breadroot - Psoralea esculenta

Greg M.
user 3541854
Acton, ME
Post #: 571
Anyone growing breadroot? It's zone 4 hardy, is a nitrogen fixer, has a tuber that tastes turnip-like and the pics online make it look like a beautiful addition to the landscape. This one is new to me...just read about it in "Edible Plants" from Plants For A Future. It's a North American native.
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Greg M.
user 3541854
Acton, ME
Post #: 576
Nice little read on Breadroot on this site:
http://www.brookingsr...­
There was some work done with this plant at South Dakota State. I contacted Dr. Reese and Dr. Burrows. They couldn't supply seeds, but they recommended trying www.prairiemoon.com or www.morningskygreenery.com as both are good sources of native plants and seeds from the Midwest.
Hannah F.
user 13612842
Portland, ME
Post #: 5
Very cool Greg- thanks for sharing!!!
Aaron P.
user 6845673
Falmouth, ME
Post #: 195
Looks awesome greg, I'll let you know if i track down some seeds (i have one lead right now).
Aaron P.
user 6845673
Falmouth, ME
Post #: 196
Would anyone like to split a ounce of these seeds? The only source i found for seeds sells by the oz., its $50/oz, so i can't really buy the whole thing myself, but if 5-20 people wanted to split it it would be workable. If you are interested please message me with how much $ of seeds you would like.
Greg M.
user 3541854
Acton, ME
Post #: 581
I'd go in Aaron. I'll send you a message right after this. A couple of points for anyone interested in growing this plant, it would be a self seeding perennial that fixes nitrogen and produces a crop. The crop is a slow one however...probably want the plant to be about 4 years old when you harvest, then that plant will be gone (I think replanting after removing the storage root won't work...we'll see). This might be a really interesting one to grow as part of slow rotation. I picture growing it at the sunny base of an air potato planting where you end up harvesting the breadroot and yam tuber at the 4 year mark. As we work with the plant it'll show us where it'll shine. From reading it looks as though it dries well for long term storage and has good protein content.
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