Wisteria spp. – Wisteria

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Wisteria (Wisteria spp.) is a genus of flowering vines in the legume family.
There are both native (American wisteria) and invasive (Chinese and Japanese wisteria) species of wisteria that can be found in CT. All wisteria flowers are edible and can be used interchangeably in recipes.
Wisteria can be found in areas that receive full sun. They require a sturdy support to grow on.
Wisteria is a vine with tight bark and lavender-colored blossoms that drape down for a few weeks in the spring. Leaves are alternate and are composed of 7-13 leaflets.
Only wisteria flowers are edible. They have a pea-like flavor with a floral note and a hint of bitter grape. Wisteria pods, leaves, stems, and all other parts of the plant are poisonous. Wisteria flowers should be consumed in moderation.
Wisteria flowers can be added raw to salads or turned into a tea, wine, or cordial. Flowers can be preserved in vinegar, syrup, or ice cubes.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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