|Mallow, photographed in authour's own garden. Successfully transplanted from a building site|
One feature of mallow that gives a unique experience is that it is mucilaginous which means that it has a slight chewing gum type texture. This is most prominent in new leaves when picked after a particularly wet period.
I've found that mallow is often a first-populater plant of sites where soil has been turned. It is in this way that mallow will often spring up after a building has been demolished and the rubble cleared. A small leave variety of mallow is sometimes found on the verge of established lawns - perhaps under trees.
In the Bible's Old Testament book of Job there is possibly a reference to marrow. In Job 6:6 (New International Version), Job asks:
"Is tasteless food eaten without salt,
or is there flavour in the sap of the mallow?"
This suggests that mallow has been a staple food for many years.
The nutritional benefits of mallow are listed here. The benefits include its use as an anti-inflammatory. Mallow is a handy thickener for soups and stews.