Tufted Vetch (Vicia cracca) Vetch is low growing in the cooler months and produces ornate and tender shoots before the other plants get going. As the spring progresses, the it climbs upwards with neighboring plants, eventually producing delicious flowers.
To savor the flavor of this delicate spring herb, enjoy it raw as a garnish or in a salad. For a real celebration of the pea, fry or bake some chickpeas with ground black peppercorns and cumin seeds. Allow to cool and mix with fresh vetch shoots. Drizzle with olive oil and add salt to taste.