If you think you know what plantain is, you may be thinking of the large banana-like a tropical fruit. That’s not what this article is about!
In this article, we will discuss a miraculous little weed that makes a tasty and nutritious addition to your diet and a valuable ingredient in your medicine chest. Read on to learn more.
What Is Plantain Weed?
There are over 200 varieties of this simple little weed, and it can be found all around the world.
It was not native to North America when the Spanish and Europeans first arrived, but it quickly took hold in their wake. For this reason, it became known as “the white man’s footprint” by Native Americans.
The type that is most abundant in North America is officially named Plantago Major. This is the broadleaf variety.
There is also a narrow leaf variety that is less abundant in North America. Both are nutritious and medicinal.
Since its introduction in the 1600s, plantain has spread enthusiastically and can be found almost anywhere.
It grows especially well in poor soil, so it is frequently found growing in sidewalk cracks, gravel pits and vacant lots.
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