Saturday, 30 April 2011

Silverweed - Potentilla anserina

A common plant on the chalky soils around where i live, although it grows on most soil types and one you often see by the wayside and again, one that has a multitude of uses, the root is edible both raw and cooked, it's a bit small, so you will need to collect a few to get a decent amount for a meal, but as a wayside snack it rates fairly highly in my book, i think it has a parsnip taste to it, but I'm told by others they cant sense this, but it's a pleasant taste regardless, you can dry the leaves and use them to make a sort of tea, again, it's not unpleasant, a strong infusion of the plant can be used to treat diarrhoea.

Please don't just go out and start digging these up though, for a start unless you have the permission of the landowner, digging up any root is illegal, and if everyone dug things up, there wouldn't be any left, if you want to use this plant, why not try cultivating a few in your own garden or even in pots?.

The plant has some medicinal uses, including use as a mild analgesic (handy for tooth ache, put a bit of the root on the tooth to soothe it), it's also a diuretic, astringent and a Haemostatic, as always, please get proper training from a local expert before you use or ingest any wild plant.

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