The fresh, green seeds from this marvelous plant are a mineral rich adaptogen, meaning they helps with the general stress response, strengthening the adrenal glands. They're also good for the skin, hair, support the kidneys and urinary system.
Harvest the seeds when still green for medicinal use.
To air dry, spread the seeds out on a surface that will allow for good air flow all around the seeds, but won't allow the seeds to fall through. This wicker tray is lined with a light muslin that allows for good air flow. You can get a good result by spreading the seeds out on a brown paper bag as well.
The seeds have a pleasant flavor and crunch, similar to chia seeds. They should be eaten raw for optimal medicinal effect, and can be eaten as is, added to salads or smoothies, ground with salt and/or pepper to use as a spice on cooked or fresh foods. When using them fresh, start with a pinch and increase to up to 1 tbsp a day. The seeds can be stimulating like caffeine, so go slow with your consumption.
You can also make a tincture from the air dried green seeds. Place the seeds in a jar and cover with at least an 80 proof alcohol (Vodka, Brandy and Everclear work well) you want 1 part seeds to 2 parts alcohol. Put a lid on the jar, label and store it in a cool, dark place, like a closed cupboard, for 6 weeks. Strain off the alcohol into a clean jar and your tincture is ready to go.