The American Ground Nut or Apios Americana is a great tasting nut that grows like wild potatoes in the Eastern US and also up into Canada and it’s very common in Wisconsin, Florida, and Maine.
It has many great health benefits and most of all it’s a free food that can be collected year long. It’s a vine that grows aggressively and twists it’s way around just about anything that will support it, and it loves moist soil and likes growing along creek sides and streams.
Also it’s a tuber like other ground nuts like peanuts and it has a nice nutty flavour similar to potatoes and peanuts… and was called “Indian Potatoes” by the Native Americans and are known to be over 9,000 years old.
In Japan these little potatoes also called Hodoimo and it’s also grown in South Korea, and recently these little potatoes have become talked about for healing radiation sickness.
These nuts were also brought to Europe to offset the potato blight, but it takes 2 years for American Ground Nuts to produce… which prevented anyone from commercially growing them in Europe.
Isoflavones – Two studies show that American Ground Nuts contain lots of great isoflavones which are powerful antioxidants that prevent cancer and especially breast and prostate cancer.
Protein – American Ground Nuts contain 3 times the protein of that found in potatoes. And these little potatoes have a very good spectrum of proteins. Some types of American Ground Nuts contain as much as 15% protein.
Bread Making – American Ground Nuts can be ground into flour and made into bread which has a very high protein content and is gluten free.
Gout – Eating American Ground Nuts has been used for the treatment of Gout… because they are a good detoxing agent.
Wound Healing – The flour of American Ground Nuts has also been used to speed along healing of skin wounds.
Calcium – American Ground Nuts contain 10 times the calcium of potatoes making them great for building strong bones.
Iron – American Ground Nuts have lots of iron, twice as much as found in potatoes… making them great for preventing anemia.
Fatty Acids – American Ground Nuts also contain wonderful fatty acids that help to prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer.
Lowers Blood Pressure – Studies show that diets rich in American Ground Nuts lower blood pressure.
Cholesterol – Also American Ground Nuts lower LDL or bad cholesterol and thus helping to prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer.
Triglycerides – Also these little potato like tasty bits lower trigs.
Cancer – American Ground Nuts also contain genistein which is a powerful anticancer compound.
Testosterone – American Ground Nuts also boost up your testosterone levels thus creating more muscle mass and vitality.
Contains – Also contains manganese for regulating blood sugar, phosphorus for strong bones, zinc boosting your immune system, magnesium for lowering blood pressure, and potassium for water regulation.
Must Be Cooked – These potatoes have protein dissolving enzymes in them and thus must be cooked to deactivate these enzymes.
Nitrogen Fixing – Theses little potatoes also fix nitrogen in the soil thus helping to improve soils where they are grown.
Easy to Grow – American Ground Nuts are super easy to grow and will take over so make sure you want them… and give them lots of space to climb.
Cooking – American Ground Nuts can be boiled, baked, and roasted and used just about any way you would normally use potatoes. They can also be ground into a flour and made into bread, and can be added to soups and stews just like potatoes. If dried to less than 8% moisture and then ground into a flour… they can be stored for long periods of time.
Ordering – If you google “Buy American Ground Nuts” there will be places that will come up where you can order the nuts and the seeds on-line.
This article is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
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