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  • Sam Schaperow
    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
    Message 1 of 8 , Jul 21, 2013
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      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:
      "

      /chapter: Some-Exotic-Jamaican-Caribbean-Herbal-Teas ... - Booki

      The dried leaves of this herb are one of the oldest herbs used in cookery. It is believed that the oil of the ..... Dead WeedConyza 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[183]. A nutritional analysis of the leaves is available[218]. The source of an essential oil that is used commercially for flavouring sweets, condiments and soft drinks[183]. The fresh leaves contain 0.2 - 0.66% essential oil[218].
      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"

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      Sam Schaperow, MSMFT, LMFT
      Clinical Director
      PsychologyCT.com
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