The raw seed contains toxins but that these are destroyed in the cooking process
Seed - cooked. A crunchy texture with a bland flavour
. Rich in starch, the raw seed contains a deleterious principle that is destroyed by cooking
. The cooked seed can be dried and ground into a powder
There are no material uses listed for Trapa bicornis.
The flowers are astringent in fluxes
The fruit is used in the treatment of fever and sunstroke.
The plant is anticancer, antipyretic and tonic
Seed - harvest in late summer and store overwinter in a jar of water in a cold but frost-free place. The seed quickly loses its vitality if it is allowed to become dry. Sow in spring, placing one seed in each pot and submerging them under a few centimetres of water.
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An aquatic plant, floating by means of inflated petioles, it succeeds in still or slowly-flowing water requiring a position in full sun and a slightly acidic water with a rich planting medium
Plants require a high summer temperature in order to perform well, they are not frost hardy.
Some botanists regard this species as no more than a part of the one highly polymorphic species T. natans.
This species was used for food in Neolithic Britain
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Polycultures & Guilds
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