Re: What is it?
- I've read it is used as a potherb w/tender portions, dried and used as a potent spice, is the source for an essential oil used in commercialized sweets, and the dried stem is one of the best fire starting aids. Can others add more info. about edibility?
I couldn't get this link to work, but here's what appears from a google search cache:
"The dried leaves of this herb are one of the oldest herbs used in cookery. It is believed that the oil of the ..... Dead Weed – Conyza canadensis. Other vernacular ..."
Look at this info. from PFAF:
"Young leaves and seedlings - cooked[105, 177]. Boiled, cooked in rice or dried for later use. A nutritional analysis of the leaves is available. The source of an essential oil that is used commercially for flavouring sweets, condiments and soft drinks. The fresh leaves contain 0.2 - 0.66% essential oil.
Composition Figures in grams (g) or miligrams (mg) per 100g of food. Leaves (Dry weight)
- 0 Calories per 100g
- Water : 0%
- Protein: 14.9g; Fat: 1.8g; Carbohydrate: 75.1g; Fibre: 26.1g; Ash: 8.2g;
- Minerals - Calcium: 1010mg; Phosphorus: 280mg; Iron: 0mg; Magnesium: 0mg; Sodium: 0mg; Potassium: 2610mg; Zinc: 0mg;
- Vitamins - A: 0mg; Thiamine (B1): 0mg; Riboflavin (B2): 0mg; Niacin: 0mg; B6: 0mg; C: 0mg"
Sam Schaperow, MSMFT, LMFT