Pods, Seeds and Flowers
- The immature pods, called “drumsticks”, are generally cooked similar to green beans, and have a slight asparagus taste.
- The seeds can be removed from the mature pods and eaten like peas or roasted like nuts.
- The seed oil is highly nutritious. This bright yellow oil, with a pleasant taste, has been compared in quality with olive oil, which has a similar fat composition. The oil is of extremely high quality is used for machinery and the making of Biodiesel. It is used in lamps and is smokeless when it burns. It also has nourishing and emollient properties, giving it benefits for use in skin and hair care products. The oil contains a potent antioxidant, making it remarkably stable. It can be used in food preservation, and as a natural preservative in cosmetics and natural beauty care products such as moisturizers and shampoos. The seed cake leftover after the oil processing can be used as a fertilizer.
- The flowers, which are white or cream colored and pleasantly fragranced, are high in both calcium and potassium. They can be eaten raw in salads, used to make tea, or cooked. When cooked, they taste similar to mushrooms.