Seed - cooked. Small but produced in abundance, there are 4 - 6 seeds per pod. A bland flavour, it is best used in spicy dishes. The raw seed has a mild pea-like flavour, though we are not sure if it should be eaten in quantity when raw[K]. The seed contains 12.4% of a fatty oil and up to 36% protein, it has been recommended as an emergency food for humans.Young pods - cooked and used as a vegetable.
A fibre obtained from the bark is used for making cordage. A blue dye is obtained from the leaves. The seed contains 12.4% of a fatty oil. The plant can be grown as a hedge. It is quite wind-resistant and can also be planted in a shelterbelt.The plant has an extensive root system and can be used for erosion control, especially on marginal land.
Medicinal uses(Warning!)There are no medicinal uses listed for Caragana fruticosa.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in a frame.Layering in spring.
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This species is hardy to at least -30°c, it prefers a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters so it does not grow so well in the milder western half of Britain. This species is closely related to C. arborescens, differing in the larger flowers, shorter seedpods and the stipules being scarcely thorny. It can probably be used in all the ways C. arborescens is used and thus has excellent potential as a human food.[K]. A good bee plant. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus.This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby.
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