Traditional and Modern Use of Common Mallow

  • Fresh tender young leaves used in salads.
  • Cooked they go well in egg dishes and can be used like spinach.
  • Try sautéing them as a vegetable.
  • They make a great soup similar to Okra, where they have a thickening effect.
  • Great as a steamed vegetable, also used in fillings for pies etc.
  • Try them in lasagne or on pizza.
  • The youngest, low-fibre roots in autumn or spring need to be dried then powdered before using in bread dough or biscuits etc. Note: It is illegal to dig up roots without landowner’s consent.
  • Flowers can be candied, and flower buds are delicious as a tempura.
  • Dried leaves contain up to 12% mucilage, vitamin C, potassium, and flavonoids.

How to Use Common Mallow

The leaves of are eaten as spinach, put into soups to give them a good smooth texture, or used as a tea substitute.

The flowers are used as a vegetable garnish.

Unripe fruits, called cheeses, are eaten as a nibble or can be lacto-fermented to preserve them.

 Common Mallow Recipes

Scientific name: Malva sylvestris
Family: Malvaceae

3 thoughts on “Traditional and Modern Use of Common Mallow

  1. As a child my mother and uncle used to collect and eat the seeds of the common mallow, they called them nuts.

    I’ve never thought of using the flowers as a garnish, they’d look so pretty! Thank you for another fascinating wild flower feature.

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