Common Name Sweetvetch
Origin North America
Hedysarum boreale is a species of flowering plant in the Fabaceae, or legume family, and is known by the common names Utah sweetvetch, boreal sweet-vetch, northern sweetvetch,and plains sweet-broom. It is native to North America, where it is widespread in northern and western regions of Canada and the United States. The ssp. mackenziei can even be found in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. (The sub-species H. boreale mackenzii is said to have a slightly toxic root, but no mention about toxicity for this species has been found.)
Young tender roots can be eaten raw or cooked. Sliced and eaten raw, boiled, baked or added to soups they have a sweet carrot or liquorice-like flavour.