One of my all-time favorites, Mallow! It has so many uses. I personally use it as a tincture for children (glycerine based) when they have coughs, flu, and sore throats.
And in the kitchen, I use the leaves if I don't have spinach at hand.
Here is a little list of all the things Mallow is good for:
-Soothes irritated, hot, and dry lungs
-helps with cold and flu symptoms
-urinary tract infection
-soothes skin irritations like minor burns
-inflammation with osteoarthritis
Mallow and quinoa patties:
3 cups cooked quinoa
4 large eggs
6 ounces feta (about 1,5 cups)
2 cups chopped mallow leaves
half chopped yellow onion
1/4 cup chopped parsley
grated zest of 1 lemon
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1 cup panko (Japanese-style breadcrumbs)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
olive oil for frying
crème Fraiche or greek yogurt for serving
1) Cook the quinoa. combine the drained quinoa and 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to boil, and turn the heat low. Simmer till tender (about 15min). Let stand for 10 minutes. Transfer in a large bowl and fluff up.
Let it cool.
2)Lightly beat the eggs and stir in the cooked quinoa, feta cheese, mallow leaves, onion,
parsley, lemon zest and juice, panko, salt, and pepper. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes. Form into patties
and place on parchment paper.
3) heat oil on a skillet. Gently place the patties in the pan and cook till golden brown
4) serve with creme fraiche, yogurt, or toppings of your liking.
Personal disclaimer; I use just plain sea salt and normal bread crumbs.
Mallow tincture for children (and adults)
Clean the roots and remove the outer skin. I use a knife to scrape it off. Chop roughly the roots, so they fit better in the jar. Fill The jar with glycerine till it covers the plant material. Close the lid tightly, and add a label (Mallow tincture children, made (day/month/year).
Put in a dark cool place and shake daily for 6-8 weeks. After the curing time, the tincture is ready to use.