Edible wild plant

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  1. rumpuss

    rumpuss Active Member

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    I would be delighted if someone could identify this edible plant. The tips of the plant are picked, cooked for gently for a couple of minutes - it has a spinachy taste.

    Many thanks.
     

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    Sorry but how do you know it is edible if you don't know what it is?
     
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    Ah yes, a very logical question -------- the older local people where I live pick and eat this plant (which tastes a bit like spinach and is cooked as spinach) - they call it 'susei' in dialect. They don't know what it's called in Italian. I did post a more detailed explanation, with two photos, a year or so ago but didn't receive a reply. However, yesterday I had a search on the internet and believe I have found the answer: Chenopodium Berlandiera (lambsquarters). Thank you for pointing out my rather ill defined question.
     
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    Tyrlych Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    This is not Chenopodium -- leaves are opposite and their shape is different.
    Looks like something of Caryophyllaceae, do you have photos of flowers or fruits?
     
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    Hello, no I haven't any photos of flowers or fruits - I will keep on eye on the plant for flowers, fruits or seeds. Many thanks.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    >Looks like something of Caryophyllaceae<

    I did a little searching, think I found out that this is Silene vulgaris.
     
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    Tyrlych Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Hi Ron,

    I have also found S.vulgaris as a best match but I never heard it is edible so I decided to stop on family level.
     
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    Thank you Ron and Tyrlych,
    As I said I will keep an eye open to see if this plant produces a flower. Many thanks.
     
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