- all parts of plant are edible raw.
- older plants can be tenderized by adding pinch of baking soda to cooking water.
- pods and seeds are edible, and taste peppery.
- seeds can be parched and ground to flour.
- roots can be eaten fresh or dried.
- burning the plant results in ash that can be used as salt substitute and/or tenderizer.
- grows in a wide range as a weed, especially in disturbed or cultivated areas.
- warning: seeds may blister skin.