Marshmallow, or Althaea Officinalis, is a medicinal and culinary herb that originates from Europe, Asia, and north Africa. It's a long-lived perennial, that can grow up to 5 feet tall. All parts of the plant can be consumed; the young leaves and flower buds can be eaten fresh, the flowers make a great addition to salads, the early spring shoots can be steamed or cooked, and the roots can be made into a medicinal tea, as well as the highly-revered confection that we know as marshmallows. The freshly dug roots can also be sliced thin and steamed, roasted, pickled, or stir-fried. It is a very useful and beautiful plant. Bees and other beneficial insects love the flowers and they get covered in the purple pollen.
Marshmallow is one of the first plants to come up in early spring, and each year it gains vigor, and is able to send up more shoots from the roots. The plant sends out numerous beautiful blooms in the summer, making it a very ornamental plant too. The plants can be dug up in the winter to harvest the roots; leaving some behind to grow again the following year.
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