Friday, November 20, 2009

Blooming Friday-Mallow Flowers

The mallow is a large family of plants destributed all over the world. They are more in the tropics. Different parts of the mallows are used as food, fodder and medicine. The yellow flowers of the okra shown above , result in the pods which are a general favourite as a side dish.
The pink mallow is a wild flower which has medicinal value.

The hibiscus too belongs to the Mallow or Malva family.






The leaves of this mallow are used in the kitchen. A tasty chutney can be made by grinding the leaves with green chillies , fenugreek seeds and jaggery.
The leaves of some mallows are used to treat urinary disorders.
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23 comments:

  1. Lovely Mallows! I love the next to the last photo especially... wonderful photo! Great colors. Enjoy the weekend! Carol

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  2. I really love Mallows. aI have some in my garden too. Beautiful photos! Have a nice week end!

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  3. I didn't know there's a mallow for kitchen use! Nice. :-)

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  4. Thank you, Carol and Lillebeth.
    Andre, even hibiscus is used in the kitchen in India.

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  5. The flowers are beautiful. I did not know that the leaves could be used in a recipe. I would never have guessed they were edible.
    Have a good weekend.

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  6. I wish I knew more about edible plants - thanks for enlightening me! The flowers of Mallows and Hibiscus are lovely!

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  7. I love Hibiscus so I enjoyed your photos very much :)

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  8. I had no idea that some Mallow leaves could be used to eat. Hibiscus are such pretty flowers, thanks for sharing yours.

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  9. I find okra blooms beautiful. Loved your shots...and that pink is heavenly!!

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  10. Easygardener: Welcome and thank you.
    Katatina, thank you.
    fotoChip: Thanks for leaving a comment.
    Catherine: Even the flowers of some mallowsare edible.
    Kanak< thank you.

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  11. I did not know you could do so much with mallow leaves and flowers! Your pics are lovely! I absolutely adore hibs of all kinds and your header looks so real, I feel like in right in your garden! I found you through Kanak's blog.

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  12. I love the Mallows. You are showing some beauties here today. Okra cut up breaded and fried is a delicacy in the southern United States. It's good too.

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  13. Hi again Lotus Leaf, I love hybiscus but here, due to cold winters and snow sometimes, they have died, even protected under roofs. Once I went to Tahiti, tropical land, and over there Hybiscus is the national flower and they have it all over, very, very pretty.
    Cariños
    María Cecilia

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  14. Hi Wendy! Thanks for your comment. Please visit again.
    Sweet Bay: THat seems to be a tasty dish with okra.Practitioners of Ayurveda, the Indian system of medicine, say that okra is a brain food.
    Hi Maria Cecilia! Even though you can't grow hibiscus, you are growing stunning roses. Have a nice weekend!

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  15. It is very lovely flowers.

    Thank you for showing a wonderful view.

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  16. Wonerful site, very informative and interesting, and I love the pics!

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  17. I love that flowers. As a matter of fact, I’m planning to have a garden of different flowers and want to spend time with that flowers.

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  18. You have a good selection of mallows today. The flower in the last picture is very special. I have never seen that tone before. Have a great weekend, Lotusleaf!

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  19. Thank you Ruma, and J.J for visiting my site.
    Flower: I wish you all success in your endeavor.
    Autumnbelle: Thanks for your encouraging comment.

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  20. Hi Lotusleaf, what a large family the mallows are! I love the flowers of okra, and don't really like to eat them, but we have saved mature dried pods for winter decor. I did enjoy your blue flowers too, such intensity of hue! :-)
    Frances

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  21. These are some lovely little flowers. Nice photos.

    Cher
    Goldenray Yorkies

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