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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

EDIBLE WEED : PART 3

LENGKO

This is my other favorite edible weed.





Lengko (Crassocephalum crepidioides), also called ebolo, thickhead, redflower ragleaf, or fireweed, is an erect annual slightly succulent herb growing up to 180 cm tall. 


Its fleshy, mucilaginous leaves and stems are eaten as a vegetable, and many parts of the plant have medical uses.


Stem is round in cross-section and exudes watery liquid when cut.


This plant is easily removed by pulling. 
The stems in contact with the ground will produce roots. 


Look the beautiful flowers...


This weed is usually used as fodder for rabbit.
But this weed is well known used to treat fever, urination disorder, and flatulence.


The young leaves and shoots are usually steamed or cooked with coconut milk.
The taste is slightly bitter and aromatic.


The seed of this plant is usually dipsersed by wind or water and can be found some meters from where the parent plant was in the previous season.


Have you find edible weed on your garden?

10 comments:

  1. I think we have a relative of this weed, the leaves look different but the flower and seeds look very similar.

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    1. Yeah, I have ever seen the other weeds like this, the yellow flowering, white and pink. But I'm not sure they are edible

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  2. The flowers look similar to dandelions though a different colour, seed heads are the same though.

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  3. I agree with Sunnybrook. I think we may have a relative of this week. You can eat the leaves of it as well.

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  4. It looks as though it could be related to a dandelion.

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    1. Yeah, both of them are member of Asteraceae family.

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  5. Tumbuhan ini pernah singgah di laman saya..

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