PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME:  Marsh Mallow

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Althaea officinalis / Malvaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS:  sun, brackish (slightly salty) soil and water
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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COOK

 

Buds/Flowers

       

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

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DRY/COOK

 

Seeds

 

 

   

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: medium

 

COMMENT/CAUTION:  Leaves mucilaginous, slightly fuzzy, best cooked and chopped up finely, use as soup thickener.  Root used as vegetable, also dried then ground into a powder, made into a paste and roasted to make the sweet 'marshmallow’. The water left over from cooking any part of the plant can be used as an egg-white substitute in making meringues etc. The water from the root is the most effective, it is concentrated by boiling until it has a similar consistency to egg white. A tea is made from the flowers. A tea can also be made from the root. (1)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Antidiarrhoeal;  Antitussive;  Demulcent;  Diuretic;  Emollient;  Laxative;  Odontalgic. (1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Adhesive;  Fibre;  Oil;  Teeth. (1)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?LatinName=Althaea+officinalis
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/mallow-madness-the-false-roselle  (Hibiscus is a related species)
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Althaea_officinalis
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2009/06/mallow-marsh.html  (good photos)