plantain?

Discussion in 'Plant and Tree Identification' started by wizzard, May 6, 2005.

  1. wizzard

    wizzard future nomad

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    hey, took a pic of this today, i think its a broad leaf plantain, but i would like a second opinion. thanx in advance for any help

    um.... how do i post a pic?

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    nother pic

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  3. Tater'sPa

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    Plantago major- yes broadleaf plantain
     
  4. Tater'sPa

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    Here's a pic of a few other herbs drying, narrow leaf plantain (Plantago lanceolata) is on the third tray.

    drying herbs
     
  5. wizzard

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    thank you much..... can you confirm if this is narrow leaf plantain please??

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    ive got some different plants also... i have obnly been trying to learn foragables for about a week now, so i will probably have quite a few noob questions, thanx for your help
     
  6. marvella

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    heard an interesting factoid about it the other day. it was also called "white mans footprint" as the native people had never seen it until white people showed up. it seems to follow them around.

    it is a very handy plant to have around- good for medicine, skin disorders in particular.
     
  7. Tater'sPa

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    Yes wizzard :) narrow leaf
     
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    how edible is it? can you eat any amount of it? or does it become toxic at some point?
     
  10. Tater'sPa

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    The young leaves are favored for eating, as they get older they're more fibrous. They can be eaten in salads or cooked. Rich in vitamin C, vitamin A and calcium. the stem of the flower and the flower head itself is edible and rich in B1.
    I myself like adding plantain with other greens and cooked or added to stews and such.
    Mostly I use this plant for the medicinal benefits, infused in oils with other herbs for salve making.


    I know of no reports of toxicity in any levels although some people may be allergic to it...as with any plant, that happens.
     
  11. Wildcrofthollow

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    Yep, I agree with the others, Broadleaf plaintain and Narrowleaf plantain. You will find the older leaves to be "stringy" like celery strings only stringier. The seeds are very high in B vitamins and are easy to collect later in the year. I have heard that eating the seeds will keep mosquitos from biting you. I can tell you that it did not seem to help in that regard. Maybe I didn't eat enough of them? Still, yes, a good edible. Best in salads though.
     
  12. MelissaW

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    Broadleaf is one of my favorite medicinals. In the field, rub it on mosquito bites until the juice stains your skin. The itch will disappear and the swelling will go down not long after. If you are at home you can make a warm poultice of it for even quicker results. Good stuff!