You’ve heard of astragalus, right? The shrubby herb is also known as milkvetch, and it’s usually available as an herbal tincture or pill. It’s traditionally an element in Chinese medicine to help fight disease and for many other healthful uses. It turns out that the plant is also native to the Southwest area, including Albuquerque. A member of the legume family, astragalus has short, stubby leaves and tubes of elegant white flowers.
Lychee (pronounced “li-chee”) is a tropical Chinese fruit that is a member of the soapberry family. It’s dark pink and super bumpy, resembling large raspberries. Since the fruit has become so popular, the plants are now grown all over the world. In the U.S. Florida is considered the lychee growing capitol. Lychee fruits grow from an evergreen tree and are known for their sweet, juicy flavor.
Raw Tubers: For a nutty treat, some people enjoy eating these plants plain. Be sure to thoroughly clean them first.