Chile Tarweed (Madia sativa)

M. viscosa.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Chile Tarweed
Madia sativa

The seed is rich in an oil which is a good substitute for olive oil. It does not solidify until the temperature is lower than -11¡c. A good lubricant, the oil is also used in soap making[94, 95].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Seed – raw or cooked[257]. Although quite small, the seed was a staple food for some native North American Indian tribes[257]. Rich in oil, it can be roasted then ground into a powder and eaten dry, mixed with water, or combined with cereal flours[94, 94, 183, 257]. The seed was also used as pi–ole[257].

    The seed contains about 41% of a sweet edible oil, about 28% can be extracted from the seed in an oil press[2, 46, 61]. Of a high quality, it can be used as a substitute for olive oil[2, 183]. The oil does not solidify until the temperature drops to -11¡c[95].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow in mid spring in situ and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within a couple of weeks.
An easily grown plant[2], it succeeds in any good garden soil[1]. Prefers a deep open sharply drained soil in a sunny position[200]. This species is sometimes cultivated in Europe for the oil in its seed[2]. The flowers open in the morning or evening, closing when exposed to bright sunlight[200].
S. America – Chile.

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