Malva

Mallow (Family malvaceae)

Appears in

Honey from a Weed

By Patience Gray

Published 1986

The leaves, flowers and seeds of these beautiful plants – all malví (Catalan) and molócha (Greek) – are a balm to the stomach on account of the mucilage or viscous vegetable substance they release on contact with water.

Here I must confess that, having boiled the young leaves of the tree mallow – which has naturalized in our garden – to combat a momentary malaise, the resulting viscosity Was such that it inspired me to use it as a foot-bath instead. This proves refreshing.
The leaves of the dwarf mallow, a plant growing by the wayside, and those of the round-leaved mallow are the ones to use for pacifying the stomach; boil them like spinach in a minimum of water.