Today, I noticed our horses eating weeds. They have plenty of grass to eat, so, I figured that these weeds must be good for them. One horse was eating great wads of stinging nettles, and I already knew a little about nettles. The other horse, I discovered, was nibbling away on a weed called common mallow. Its Latin name is Malva neglecta. I pulled out a couple of handfuls and headed home to research it. I decided to do an online search of ‘images of edible weeds in Canada’. Lo’ and behold, common mallow is indeed an edible weed. The entire plant is edible.
Thanks to bloggers on the internet I swiftly learned much about common mallow. There are no warnings about how much you can eat. It is non-toxic. It has many beneficial health aspects. Some experienced writers recommended sauteing it in garlic and butter… that caught my eye. Also, they said folks like to make a salad out of it. So, I made a salad out of it. It was exceptionally good… for a weed. I only added olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Next time I will give it the works, including feta cheese!
The great thing about common mallow is that it pulls out easily in big wads. It is very easy to rinse off, as it doesn’t stick together like new lettuce does. Leave the stems in if you like. It looks very pretty in the bowl. Just add your favorite ingredients and you have a wonderful, healthy, tasty salad!
Please take the time to research the health benefits of common mallow and by all means search for other edible weeds near your home. You will be amazed at what you discover. In a food shortage, these weeds could save our lives. Weeds, wonderful weeds!
Thanks to Laurie Corbeil for participating in the [Grow] Network Writing Contest. We have over $1,500 in prizes lined up for the current writing contest, with more to come. Here is a list of the current pot of prizes:
– A 21.5 quart pressure canner from All American, a $380 value
– A Survival Still emergency water purification still, a $279 value
– 1 year of free membership in the [Grow] Network Core Community, a $240 value
– A copy of The Summer of Survival Complete Collection from Life Changes Be Ready, a $127 value
– 2 copies of the complete Home Grown Food Summit, valued at $67 each
– 3 free 3 month memberships in the [Grow] Network Core Community, valued at $60 each
– The complete 2014 Grow Your Own Food Summit interview series, a $47 value
– 4 copies of the Grow Your Own Groceries DVD video set, valued at $42 each
– A Bug Out Seed Kit from the Sustainable Seed Company, a $40 value
– 4 copies of the Alternatives To Dentists DVD video, valued at $32 each