Flowers can be harvested and added to salads or as a garnish. The mild flavor is similar to a snow pea. Said to have the same healthy bioflavonoids and anti-oxidants as red wine. Young pods can be harvested before they become too fibrous. It is not that you would crave a giant bowl of these flowers but they really do add a nice touch to a salad or a plate. The flavor is mild and not pronounced in any way so it is worth adding for its health benefits as well. Consider a healthy floral botanical pill. They also can be eaten raw right off the tree in early spring as soon as they open. That is the ideal time to harvest them.
|Genus & Species||Cercis canadensis var. alba|
|Seed Source||Illinois Originally from Wild Population|
|Soil||Wet to dry and everything in between. Adaptable to alkaline conditions.|
|Ease of Cultivation||Super easy to grow under a broad range of conditions including full shade. The pea flowers are easy to harvest densely packed along the branches.|