Hairy Tare (Vicia hirsuta)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Hairy Tare
Vicia hirsuta
Leguminosae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Seed – cooked[2, 105, 177]. Used like lentils[2], the seed can be eaten as a staple food[178].

    Leaves and stems – cooked[105, 177, 178]. Used as a vegetable[272]

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

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]. Occasionally cultivated for its edible seed which is used as a lentil substitute[2]. 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.
Europe, including Britain, from Norway south and east to N. Africa and W. Asia.

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