Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Groundnut (Hopniss) (Apios americana): Images

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May 31, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Groundnut is a vine that can grow up to 10 feet long and cover the ground of moist thickets (dense growths of plants). The vines do not climb, but grow along the ground or twine around other plants on the ground. The leaves are pinnately compound -- having 3 to 9 slightly ovate to lanceolate leaflets that are 1 to 3-1/2 inches long. Groundnut flowers in July to September with dull redish-purple flowers (not shown). In the late Summer to Fall, Groundnut sometimes produces aerial seedpods that have edible seeds. But the primary edible part of Groundnut is its string of tubers underground that provide a good source of starch. The tubers can be harvested whenever the ground is not frozen.
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June 7, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Much bigger Groundnut found. Notice how the leaflets are longer than the 1 to 2-1/2 inches that some books suggest. But this is definately Groundnut.
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August 27, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Ground Nut flower.