Tuesday, June 28, 2011

June 28 - The Red Bud Tree - Cercis canadensis

Festival of the Trees Post for June

The Red Bud leaf glowing in the sunshine.

The Red Bud pods swaying in the breeze.
Nutritional studies have found  high concentrations of condensed tannins (proanthocyanidins) in new green  Redbud seed pods.   Green RedBud seed pods also revealed the presence of the essential fatty acids linoleic and alpha-linolenic acid.  Oleic and palmitic acids were also present in the green seed pods.  You can read more about this study at:   http://acs.confex.com/acs/swrm06/techprogram/P37508.HTM

So, eat some green Redbud Seed pods and help your body get more antioxidants.  Antioxidants are considered an important factor in protection against diseases such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's and arthritis.  You can eat these seed pods raw and do so while they are young and green.  Always leave most of the seed pods on the tree.  This is nature's way of providing for more trees and for food for the wildlife. 


  1. What do they taste like? I will have to look around and find some so I can try them.

  2. They are delicious, like sugar snap peas. Just be sure they are young and tender.

  3. Yay Rebecca for this post. I have added redbud to my Eat Street Trees! project page.
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