Mallow Plant Nutrition, Foraging for Wild Edible Malva Leaves

Mallow Plant Nutrition, Foraging for Wild Edible Malva Leaves

superfood evolution presents mallow plant nutrition foraging for wild malval leaves mallow plant or malva is a nutritious edible green leaf variety that is native to Europe but grows all over the world in a variety of climates and soil conditions growing tall and bushy mallow leaves have been harvested as a food source and leafy vegetable for centuries in parts of Africa Asia Britain the Mediterranean as well as Australia depending on the environment in which it propagates mallow is either an annual biennial or perennial with a reputation for persevering through a wide range of temperatures sometimes providing vegetation for over two years it is one of those leafy green varieties to keep an eye out for when other wild greens are out of season mallow often seems to make its appearance very early in the spring amid sunny but colder days and nights that don't drop far below freezing the mallow plat is an opportunist and will spread its seeds and take root in normal clay or sandy soils in a number of different locations without being too particular typically this could involve an unearthed area of a forest and abandoned garden bed lawns ditches along fence lines riverbanks fallow fields and even within the cracks of a city sidewalk or near housing foundations mallow which is also called common mallow is a hardy wild strain similar to dandelion with over 25 different species coming from the genus Malba it has a long resilient root system and thick tap root that can penetrate deep into the earth for its nutrients and water source this is quite different to some edible greens like miner's lettuce and chickweed which require a certain amount of surface rainfall to fully develop and proliferate what is mallow mallow or Malva comes from the large family of malvaceae which also include okra hibiscus and cotton it is also referred to as cheese weed in some parts of the world for its wedged rounded seed pods that look similar to a wheel of cheese the leaves have a mild green taste but are not super strong or bitter like that of other wild variations all parts including the leaves are used specifically as a mild laxative diuretic anti-inflammatory with soothing DiMucci light & expectorant properties that help to clear mucus from the body malva and marshmallow plant history the leaves roots and flowers of the common mallow plant malva sylvestris are all edible and have a long history of use in herbal medicine as a wild food source according to a modern herbal mallow was an esculent vegetable among the romans a dish of marshmallow was one of their delicacies the Roman naturalist Pliny the elders suggested that the use of mallow juice on a daily basis prevented any type of illness in 16th century Europe it was said to soothe whatever ails you and was extensively cultivated and eaten as a leaf vegetable in pre Han Dynasty China Mallos are known to be one of the weeds brought to the Americas and much of the world by early European settlers because malva groves prolifically and plentifully in unattended poor soils it has throughout history been used as a survival food in times of famine origins of the marshmallow maillot is closely related to the althaea officinalis species the cultivated variety of mallow coming from the same family malvaceae or also called marshmallow the leaves stems and roots of both types of mallow are very rich in a Musil a genus substance that has been used by herbalist worldwide as an ingredient in herbal cough medicines and lozenges to soothe the throat and eliminate congestion from the lungs originally sweetened with honey by the Egyptians the mallow root derived musa Lodge was then later transformed into the French confection we know today as the marshmallow this was created by whipping marshmallow plant Musa Lodge with sugar and further drying it into a white chewy soft material this is an interesting diversion from the initial plant use but it indicates how sometimes many modern foods today have herbal origins why eat wild foods the nutritional components of wild foods provide us with a greater proportion of nutrients than cultivated vegetables so it is good to include them in your diet as much as possible in addition foods that grow wild and unattended are strong and resilient survivors these characteristics are we feel pass along to those who ingest them mallow leaf identification maillot is a great plan to start foraging with if you are new to collecting wild edibles this is because it is easy to identify it as the leaves are quite large and have a lobe rounded sometimes ruffled look unlike any other species the leaves alternate on along the main stem and can be somewhat hairy yet soft usually about four inches in length the mallow plant can grow in big patches reaching heights between two to five feet or taller depending on the conditions it is a good idea to have a good photo of them all the leaf shape to double-check your findings before you begin harvesting it harvesting mallow leaves mallow or malva is a broadleaf plant which is one of the reasons it makes a great one to harvest as a wild edible because you only need to pick about ten or so for a meal size handful the older leaves can be juiced and added to green smoothies while the tender young leaves are best chopped up into salads and are quite tasty the leaves can be harvested as well as the flowers in the summer months by picking off the stems at their base or alternatively you can use a pair of gardening scissors a bag of mallow leaves will last you a long time when kept cold in the refrigerator just like any leafy green vegetable for large harvests sometimes plastic salad mix containers will provide good storage for later use caution for the wildcrafting Newby it is important to properly identify all wild plants before you eat them there are some varieties that are quite poisonous and even deadly so take heed and use a wild plant identification guide if you are at all unsure mallow plant nutrition mallow leaves can be eaten raw or steamed and are quite high in minerals and some vitamins the real magic of the mallow plant however comes from it's beneficial polysaccharide and antioxidant compounds including phenols flavonoids carotenoids tocopheryl x' and ala fatty acids all of which contribute to its world-renowned properties as a gastrointestinal and anti-inflammatory herb stomach soother and mild laxative marshmallow comes from the Greek word Morocco's which means to soothe the leaves of Malta or mallow are soft to the touch and are likewise very soothing and calming to the digestive tract common mallow leaves are DiMucci Lent in nature and contain a beneficial munis polysaccharide that helps to soothe and coat the entire gastrointestinal tract forming a protective film this substance provides actions as a general laxative but is also helpful for softening excess sticky mucus and removing it from the body the root extract is used extensively in herbal cold formulas to clear out and expel phlegm build up in the lungs and sinus passages for those with the nasod stomach a smoothie or tea infusion made with mallow can provide much relief and help to further balance pH by increasing alkalinity the leaves are additionally rich in pectin chlorophyll fiber vitamins A and C as well as calcium magnesium iron selenium and potassium as a natural diuretic mallow leaves can assist in increasing urine flow and help to rid excess fluid and salt without reducing potassium levels a common side effect of many diuretics malva also provides relief when recovering from urinary tract infections used as an anti-inflammatory malval leaves have been used for centuries all over the globe for their ability to reduce and cool inflamed conditions used both topically and internally the abundance of Musil edge found in all parts of the plant offers relief for joint inflammation as well as various skin issues consumed as a food it is a very good dietary supplement for restoring damaged skin tissue and excellent for healing wounds bruises and especially burns as with some other superfoods like aloe vera the effects of the polysaccharide rich gel are furthermore exceptional for relieving and healing conditions like peptic ulcers or also rate of colitis according to one 2012 study published in the Journal of pharmacy and pharmacology the leaves in particular have been reported to have potent anti-inflammatory antioxidant anti-inflammatory anti-cancer and skin issue integrity activity additionally an anti ulcer o genic effect was recently proven demonstrating that the aqueous extract was more effective than simha to dine potent medicine used to treat gastric ulcers how to use one of the best ways to consume mallow leaves is in a green smoothie as it provides a thick quality to your drink and any wild green flavor is masked by the addition of sweet fruits older mallow leaves are a little less palatable than young tender shoots and can have a tough fibrous texture that is best camouflage into such drinks the smaller young leaves are delicious chopped up into salads or raw soups while the bigger leaves can be pressed through a juicer in juicing recipes or lightly steamed like spinach as a green leafy vegetable when mallow leaf is heated in hot water it can increase the thickness of soups and stews it is beneficial to use ginger root or powder with mallow to help encourage its mucus clearing expectorant properties you can also eat mallow flowers there are a bright and colorful addition to most any entree side dish or even dessert decoration thanks for watching and for more wild superfoods visit our website at superfoods for super help calm please support us with a thumbs up if you found this video useful and be sure to check out these other wild edible videos


  1. We grow this and stir fry it. For demo on cooking this vegetable go and search for Shuwanchal on my channel. We call this Shuwanchal in Northren part of Pakistan.

  2. nicely presented. i like the idea of survivors eating strong survivor plants. that is the way i am restructuring my garden right now. with a generous mix of native will things. learning all i can.

  3. This is an absolutely excellent video!!!!!!!! Thank you! I willl check out your website, and have subscibed to your vid chaannel.

  4. We live in southern Nevada and have many Mallow plants gracing our back yard. Love them raw in salads and thanks to your great information we will enjoy this herb so many more ways! So thankful!

  5. Why does everyone feel a video can't be made without music running throughout? First of all, horrible music, like 1970's porn music horrible. Second, distracting as hell. Who does a lecture with music playing in the background? I swear, it's not a requirment, you can do a video without music, really, you can.

  6. Thanks for the video. Watching words run across the screen is boring, repetitious and unbearable. One minute was my limit. Pictures of the plant would be helpful, enjoyable and educational.

  7. Mallow, It is the drug of throat cancer. because, I've used. every morning l've used. I drank the brew dried mallow. This plante a miracle.

  8. it has grown wild on my property I wish some one would come and eat it all as it is very hard to rid the garden of it . each plant allowed to seed will cast thousands of plants for next year . you know what I will be eating when shtf

  9. This guys from SuperfoodEvolution are my favorites. The information is so thorough and instructional. I really appreciate your work

  10. I've watched several of your videos and have learned about the Superfoods all around us. I have mallow growing in my yard. I have harvested some last week, cleaned it and ate a small bowl. I enjoy mallow a lot. I've harvested more yesterday. I've found that I prefer to clean them, then let them wilt in a bowl at room temperature. I enjoy eating mallow. I find that it's good to have something to drink while eating them, sometimes they tend to stick to the inside of my throat. Thank you.

  11. Thank you As soon as my lentil soup is ready I turn the hit off and add this amazing herb into it wait 5 minutes and it's ready to enjoy

  12. *Are all Malva/Mallow leaves edible? I was told that the leaves that have a purple coloring around the stem of the leave as well as a deep purple flower (as opposed to the pinkish flower) are poisonous. Is this true? Just want to make sure before I or someone else watching this video ends up killing theirselves. Thanks for the knowledge if you can help with this last question as well*

  13. We have a lot of "wild" malva growing here where I live, near the Archaeological Zone of Teotihuacan, State of México, México.  The older residents of the Valley know it can be eaten, but people are (in general) not as poor in this area as times during and after the Revolution and consequently rarely consume it.  Most younger folks (including my gardener) aren't aware that it can be eaten.  Something kind of comical is that the horses, mules, burros, etc. will only eat it as a last resort, when all of the other wild grazing plants are gone.  Thanks for the great video!!!

  14. I planted malva in a container from burpee seeds….i like the flowers and now good to know its edible!

  15. I have not seen this plant in my area , are the seeds available from any gardening catalogs etc. so i can propagate it on my property ?

  16. One half of my entire front yard is this Mallow plant!..I didn't cut it cause I really thought they much more beautiful than grass!..WOW I'm just beside myself right now!..

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