Common Plantain

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common plantain, Credit: Rasback CC BY-SA 3.0

Identification

  • Up to 15 cm in height
  • Leaves egg-shaped with wavy margins and almost parallel veins

Location

  • Disturbed areas, clearings, roadsides, edge habitats

Harvesting Time

  • Summer to early fall

Uses and Related Information

  • Leaves can be eaten raw or in salads, steamed or sautéed, or tossed in oil and cooked in the oven (prepared like kale chips)
  • Some people use the leaves in a poultice to treat insect bites and stings
  • Some people make tea from the leaves which is said to soothe toothaches, coughs, sore throats and breathing problems
  • To preserve the taste, texture and nutritional properties of the leaves, plantain should be stored in a dark place

common plantain, Credit: Epp CC BY 2.0

 

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