Malva ( Mallow )
Posted 13 June 2012 - 10:21 AM
You can eat the seeds from these flowers they look like little wheels of cheese they taste really good and have mucilaginous properties within the seeds, stems, leaves and roots. All parts are edible and safe to eat check for food sensitivities with all new plants tho trying a little at first.
Marshmallows were once made from the root of Marshmallow which belongs to this family :)
In the fall when my hands are cracked and sore after a nice rain these seeds become slimy I take a few and rub this into my cracked hands and they are soothed and healed :)
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 10:27 PM
In a good way.
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Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:20 AM
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Posted 14 June 2012 - 11:04 AM
Posted 15 June 2012 - 06:19 PM
I wanted to add this picture cause buttercups have a similar leaf but a yellow flower I do not think Mallows come in yellow I could be wrong but they do not look like buttercups flowers
Buttercup leaves are on the top right they have no shin to them at all they are also wider but thinner like paper
Mallow leaves are at the bottom of the above picture they are thicker and shiny compared to buttercups
Buttercup leaf below
This is why it is a good idea to wait for a plant to flower first b4 trying to identify it first and to take a really close look at the leaves mother worts leaves are kind of simular too
But buttercups are poisonous so it is not a good idea to mix these up with other edible herbals
Buttercup flower below
Edited by wildedibles, 15 June 2012 - 06:41 PM.
Posted 11 December 2019 - 06:47 AM
I have eaten it all in some way or another... I think I mentioned that it's nice soothing gell for cracked sore hands lol from garden work.
I have eaten a raw leaf it's not bad a bit of jelly slimy texture the same as plantain or violet it's not bad tasting like lettuce.
Flowers are bland almost in a salad I can't remember.
Leaves in a stew doesn't really thicken it but it's not a bad flavor, maybe more leaves might thicken it a bit. It would add nutritional value anyway.
Root is slimy when wet same as wet ripe seeds.
Leaves and roots when wet are slimy too you might have to scrape, mash or chew to get it mucilaginous aka slimy lol
Wikipedia has some good information on this plant I believe mine is malva moschata but it could be malva alcea and cultivar alcea being the white one?
These ones are closely related and are used the same ways
Keep in mind that nothing is proven but talk it over with your doctor if this plant seems right for you
Uses were discribed from that link and other names just mentioned
Edible raw or cooked
Stem very mucilaginous
Weight loss supplement
Stinging nettle cure
Disorders of the skin, gastrointestinal track, respiratory track
This plant was one of the first recorded plant uses in history 3rd century BC Doctor Diphilus of siphnus wrote "mallow juice lubricates the windpipe, nourishes, and is easily digested"
(wow it's one of the first recorded and we have forgotten it already?)
It was planted on Graves because the dead could eat this perfect plant
Web MD has this information found here
Irritations of the mouth, throat, dry cough, and bronchitis
Stomach and bladder complaints
Wounds, stomach upset and diarrhea
Medium. Com has information here too
This was the most fun info lol
Used in sex and magic
Check this out if you want to learn more lol
You can fry or bake them like kale chips (now that sounds yummy)
Sores and swellings
Warm juice of plant for melancholy
Boiled in milk for cough
Mild laxative (probably Fibre so it will normalize stools if your water ballace is balanced)
The juice mixed with oil for hair loss
Pulverized seeds for bladder ulcers
Promote the maturation of abscess (I wish I knew this when PoPo had a sore paw he had something in there that was causing swelling and an abcess thing in there... It's better now and maybe I will remember I think plantain is good for that too)
Potential antimicrobial and antifungal
Tinctures promising antibiotic treatment
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