- 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