Monday, 23 March 2015

Stellaria media

Stellaria media Common chickweed


This very common chickweed is present all over Europe and north America. What I didn't know was that is is totally edible and nutritious especially when used raw in salads.In folklore it was used to treat itchy skin conditions and respiratory diseases. It can be used as a poultice for cuts and burns. It grows from 2cms to 15cms tall. It does contain SAPONINS which in great quantity (many kilos) can be toxic. Not to be eaten during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

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