If you talk about food being medicine, then this plant must be a front runner.
Job’s Tears is an annual grass that tends to grow in groups better than strung out as a row.
Job’s Tears seeds strike easily, spread themselves naturally, and in the right climate (warm with short winter) continue almost as a perennial.
The flowers and then the seeds form in the leaf joints and range from white to blue and brown. They make great beads for the kids as well. This is the best ‘preventative’ herb I can think of. Job’s Tears is tonic by nature and you can boil or mash the seeds to produce a porridge that will reduce inflammation, strengthen the spleen, and there is some anecdotal evidence that it works as a cancer inhibitor.
We have found that Job’s Tears does ease the inflammation resulting from gout and rheumatism.
We have been growing this same variety for almost 15 years and do not grow any modified varieties.
To the best of our knowledge this is the original variety of Coix lacryma-jobi.