Thanks! Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on November 08, 2012: So cool! Joan Hall (author) from Los Angeles on April 30, 2019: @RJ This is not the plant that was used to make marshmallows, but the two plants are relatives. Oni. Anyone have any ideas as to why so much scale on my mallow? :-). We called them Cheeseweed and loved the little soft seeds. Thanks for a wonderfully informative page. You can get Mallow seeds from Listia---it's where you "exchange stuff for other stuff" -- It's a free auction site-- I put some Purple Mallow seeds up there just a few days ago and I'm going to be putting some more up very soon so keep checking.Grow your own Mallow ! I remember a PBS show with Huell Howser that had some of these weeds in it. This is cool. Yippee, I can now go pick them and eat them myself! I am so looking forward to my mix of sorrel dandelion mallow and spinach with fresh peas this summer! Sow seeds from musk mallow, hollyhocks and many other mallows immediately in well-drained soil in full sun. Very impressive lens - we should all educate ourselves in edible so-called weeds! In addition to its health, beauty, and culinary uses, common mallow is an important plant for pollinators. Log in, Making Pine Needle Baskets From Local Materials ». Very useful article! Marshmallow (Althea officinalis) is a perennial flowering weed of moist, damp places. Joan Hall (author) from Los Angeles on January 15, 2012: @anonymous: Both plants are in the family Malvaceae, but from everything I've read, common mallow does not contain ephedrine, which is the ingredient in the country mallow that people are worried about. The genus name for mallow is malva, which is derived from the Greek malakos, meaning "soft." Don’t get frustrated; the seeds will eventually sprout. But there is probably some information out there somewhere. I fried them in coconut oil and butter with sea salt over medium high heat. we eat them in morocco as side dish...help please. Can't wait to share it with my raw foods group. I would love to try it. It’s important to keep the colors separate so if someone wants red globe mallow, they won’t be growing pink or white ones. A weed is just a plant who's virtues are eeither lost because of modernization or interfer with someones livelihood- green grass lawns- golf courses- farming- so many plants are not native to this country - if you really take a look at them! The word neglecta is frequently used in naming weeds that spring up in untended areas. :). Wonderful lens. Malva is a large family of plants though. Very interesting lens! I really wanted to like this because these plants are all over the place in my garden and property. Malva plants are a close relative of the marshmallow plant (Althaea officinalis), whose gooey sap was originally an ingredient in marshmallow candies—though now they use gelatin instead. I then pick them off and place them in a little bag. Harvesting seeds from spent flowers is easy to do. for them everyday. Hedge Mustard was my favourite - a good substitute for garlic! Is the common mallow weed related to the risky country mallow. In addition to its health, beauty, and culinary uses, common mallow is an important plant for pollinators. I searched this plant after buying a mysterious green leafy vegetable from the organic farmers' market in Istanbul. But the harvest window is different, depending on which part of the plant you are using. Another nickname for them is "cheeseweed," because the little round seedpods look like little cheeses. Also mine do not have much flower....I am quite interested in gettng some seeds of the big purple flower variety. They are thought to be useful as well for inflammation of digestive, urinary, or respiratory organs. We can damn almost all plants that were not here before colonists as invasive- the point is to live and let live in a balance! I was hoping to try a few new recipes using mallow. They're one of his favorite vegetables. But now, I wish I had that garden again, so I could try them. Nicole Pellegrini from New Jersey on March 17, 2012: I had no idea these plants were edible - thanks for the introduction to them! Bravo. -- Carson Christian Outreach. At any time you can harvest the leaves to use as a poultice. Paper-like seed capsules are full of seeds with hard and buoyant coats. As the plant gets older, the leaves get buggy or get the little yellow bumps on them. I'll have to get them identified to see if they are edible like this. They're on the small side, but they're mallows. Buy their seeds? Since the plant has no special care requirements, growing common mallow is a snap. Frugal and healthy! I have a mallow growing in my back yard, and now (thanks to you) I know what to do with it. Harvest seeds from the purse-shaped pods that form on all mallows. The species I see around here include M. neglecta (common mallow) and M. parviflora. I had no idea that mallow existed in the U.S. Lovely post, i really enjoyed reading it. Step 3 Cover the small seeds lightly, 1/4- to a 1/2-inch deep, and water well. Tastes like a cross between seaweed and kale - very good! Caring for Common Mallow in Gardens. I am really excited about that. The softness of the mallow and the sharpness of the sow thistle complement each other so nicely. I always called it Malva... well, it is insidious around here so I know I'll be having lots of Mallow greens in my salads this year. It looked like a wild geranium to me, but then I saw pics and ruled that out. (Global warming, anyone?) This is a fabulous site. I hope you enjoy it as much as I loved finding this post! Very interesting topic and an exceptional lens. It has a branched stem. And I never knew that there was a plant related to marshmallows. Perhaps that accounted for (1) the abundance of mallow in the first place and (2) its inedible, infested condition. Gonna have to get some of those seeds. I wouldn't recommend that anyone buy Malva neglecta as it is an invasive species. I will be trying it for that! But when they are in season, they dominate the streets here in Los Angeles, tall and plentiful. Answer: I've never eaten the roots, only the leaves and some stem, which I generally eat raw. I Have them in Morocco every time I visit. For more information on how to use mallows as an egg substitute, check out this guide by SelfSufficientish on. The flowers are born along the upper stalk. If everything on the plant matches the description of a mallow (leaves, flowers, seed pods, stems, everything), then I would consider that a positive identification. 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