Mallow is one of the earliest cited plants in recorded literature. Horace mentions it in reference to his own diet, which he describes as very simple: "Me pascunt olivae, me cichorea, me malvae" ("As for me, olives, endives, and mallows provide sustenance")
Know your weeds: Look down, because Common Mallow (Malva neglecta) probably grows around you. The flowers, leaves, young shoots and roots are edible, either raw or cooked and are very nutritious. The seeds alone contain 21% protein and 15.2% fat.
A number of different Mallow species have medicinal properties and are
good for soothing coughs and healing wounds. Look in your garden because
one could easily substitute Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) with
Common Mallow or Common Hollyhock for use as an emollient and demulcent.
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