Sunday, October 23, 2016

Devil's claw harvest

This very wild looking plant of beautiful flowers had now lived up to its name. Wow! Those pod, when they dry and split, make hooks very similar to hay hooks only much sharper and the points align to create a vice effect.

We pulled out first set of vine ripened pods off today. Or goal is to save the seeds over the winter and plant an entire crop next year. Right now the plant is mostly on the ground, about half the pods are dry. It seems best to let the plant dry completely to get as many mature seeds as possible.

Devil's claw is reported to be a very effective anti inflammatory for such things as arthritis, rheumautism, joint pains. We will definitely harvest the roots when it's time.


1 comment:

  1. These are beautiful and they do look like claws - and I did not know they had anti-inflammatory properties.