Bitter Vetch (Vicia ervilia)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Bitter Vetch
Vicia ervilia
Leguminosae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Seed – cooked[46, 61, 74, 105]. Used as a lentil[2], it is occasionally eaten in soups. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

  • Cautionary Notes

    One report says that the seed might be poisonous[46].

Cultivation & Habitat

Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in situ in spring or autumn.
Succeeds in any well-drained soil in a sunny position if the soil is reliably moist throughout the growing season, otherwise it is best grown in semi-shade[200]. Cultivated for its edible seed in France[2, 61]. 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[200]. When removing plant remains at the end of the growing season, it is best to only remove the aerial parts of the plant, leaving the roots in the ground to decay and release their nitrogen.
S. Europe.

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