Chickweed Is Nutritious But Beware Of Lookalike Scarlet Pimpernel

May 14th, 2016

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Chickweed is a valuable cleansing herb which people generally refer to as a weed.

Chickweed can be eaten in the spring, when its fresh new growth is very succulent and palatable.  In olden days, in England, it was commonly taken to cleanse the blood after a long winter when fresh fruit and vegetables might have been scarce.

Chickweed is high in Vitamin C and mineral salts.

Warning: Take care when picking the chickweed herb. Its leaf and its habitat is similar to scarlet pimpernel which is poisonous.  The scarlet pimpernel has a distinctive small scarlet coloured flower, which makes it easy to identify when in flower.  When not flowering, though, the scarlet pimpernel can easily be mistaken for the chickweed herb.

Scarlet pimpernel has a slightly shiny little leaf.  Chickweed has no shine to the leaf.

Do some research where photos are given before using chickweed.

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