A friend offered me cooked leafy greens I thought was spinach. Much to my surprise it wasn't spinach at all. She called it Red Root, a weed that is more thought of in the west as a problem for gardeners & livestock owners. I'd never heard of it before and overlooked it as just another inedible weed growing on dunghills. I am also told that Red Root is expensive especially in the big cities. Expensive & free... I couldn't resist.
Here it is on a dung heap.
(Oh and incase you're wondering, that light colored twig looking thing is, its Japanese Knotweed.)
Then sautéed it with other vegetables...
then wrapped it in a chapati.
It cooks just like spinach and tastes delicious.
I will start blanching it for the winter. It's worth it.
I couldn't help but to google it to see what it's medicinal benefits are. (As all things in nature possess.)
"Adenoid Enlargement, Asthma, Bronchitis, Cough, Cysts, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Dysmenorrhea, Epstein-barr Virus, Fatigue, Fever, Headache, Hemorrhoids, Hepatitis, Hodgkin's Disease, Lymphatic Congestion, Mononucleosis, Nosebleeds, Sore Throat, Spleen Enlargement, Testicular Hydrocele, Tick Fever, Tonsillitis, Tumors" http://theherbalfarm.blogspot.ca/2008/01/red-root.html