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Mallow

Edible Edible Autumn Autumn Spring Spring Summer Summer

A very common weed that can grow up to a metre tall and be found on path edges, roadsides, hedgerows and even open woodland.

Hedgerow Type
Common Names Mallow, Round Dock
Scientific Name Malva sylvestris
Season Start Mar
Season End Oct
Please note that each and every hedgerow item you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Leaves

A five lobed pentagon shaped leaf that can be crinkley.

Flowers

A broad pink to lilac slightly trumpet shaped flower that opens out to flat. Can be seen from June to September.

Fruit

The fruit are called ‘cheeses’ and resemble the shape of a full counter in Trivial Pursuit.

Habitat

Roadsides, path edges, light woodland, scrub, hedges and waste ground.

Possible Confusion

Geraniums have similar leaves but have quite a distinctive inedible smell, Mallow does not really have an odour, the flowers help differentiate between the two as well.

Taste

Neutral.

Frequency

Common.

Collecting

The young seed pods, called ‘cheeses’, can be collected and nibbled while out walking and have a nutty flavour.

The leaves need to be young for a salads but not so for soups and stews or they can be deep fried and puff up like prawn crackers.

The flowers can be used in salads where they will impart no flavour but add a splash of colour.

Immature seeds pods are often called ‘cheeses’ can be eaten raw as a nibble and have a pleasant nutty flavour. They can also be lightly steamed and served as a vegetable. Mallow cheeses can be steamed, lightly

Read more at Celtnet: http://www.celtnet.org.uk/recipes/ancient/wild-food-entry.php?term=Common%20Mallow
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Immature seeds pods are often called ‘cheeses’ can be eaten raw as a nibble and have a pleasant nutty flavour. They can also be lightly steamed and served as a vegetable. Mallow cheeses can be steamed, lightly

Read more at Celtnet: http://www.celtnet.org.uk/recipes/ancient/wild-food-entry.php?term=Common%20Mallow

Copyright © celtnet

Immature seeds pods are often called ‘cheeses’ can be eaten raw as a nibble and have a pleasant nutty

Read more at Celtnet: http://www.celtnet.org.uk/recipes/ancient/wild-food-entry.php?term=Common%20Mallow
Copyright © celtnet

Immature seeds pods are often called ‘cheeses’ can be eaten raw as a nibble and have a pleasant nutty

Read more at Celtnet: http://www.celtnet.org.uk/recipes/ancient/wild-food-entry.php?term=Common%20Mallow
Copyright © celtnet

Medicinal Uses

Can be used as a laxative or as a poultice for external wounds.

Other Facts

Can be used as a yellow, cream or green dye.

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