When someone told me that impatiens glandulifera seeds taste just like walnuts, I said, “Really, really? Hmmmm….I will have to see that for myself!” and so I have!
They do taste like walnuts–they do, they do! I am so excited about this discovery! I can grow my own nuts. Well, sort of.
I put some in my pumpkin muffins and they were delicious!
This opens a new door for people with nut allergies. You can now have so called “banana nut” muffins! Not only that, they are virtually free and you can grow them in your own yard.
Mine get about 4-6′ tall and have been known to reach 8′! They like moist shade. It’s an impatiens, but not the little ones that you buy cheap in every garden center in the spring. This is closer to the jewelweed, Impatiens capensis, with the same “touch-me-not” seed pods. If you grow them, you will learn to close your entire hand over the ripe seed pod before touching it. Spread them out to dry well before saving them for baking.
To plant the seeds, just sprinkle on the ground in the fall. They need a cold, moist winter and sunlight to germinate. They are prolific re-seeders! If you buy them now, just sprinkle on the ground, on top of the snow, where you want them to grow. When the snow melts they will come in contact with the soil and grow.
Warning: these can be very invasive! Mine are controlled by collecting most of the seeds.
They are also beautiful flowers for the back of the shade garden. The big, fuzzy yellow bumblebees love them – and so do I!
Sheryl blogs at Providence Acres.
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