Marshmallows from mashmallow plants

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  1. Michaelangelica

    Michaelangelica Junior Member

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    Marshmallows from marshmallow plants
    Does anyone have a recipe for making Marshmallows using the original marshmallow plant?
    https://cupcakegirls.blogspot.com/2007/0 ... dness.html
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    (marshmallow grows as a weed everywhere. It looks like a small hollyhock-said to help you see the fairies) :bear:



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    https://www.eatmedelicious.com/2009/03/m ... -bars.html
     
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    Re: Marshmallows from mashmallow plants..eat some Mikey:)

    mate,

    as the 'man with the plan' i would really appreciate you going the next step with this ,,
    sort of try it out,,see if it isn't poisonous,
    :mrgreen:
    a hippy trap?

    regards, Kimbo
     
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    Re: Marshmallows from mashmallow plants

    Marshmallow (althea officinalis) is not poisonous. I've used the root alot as a herb. I'd be very surprised if the old style marshmallow sweet bears much resemblance to the modern sweet. Try the library for a book on old fashioned sweets. You could probably find some info online too.
     
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    Re: Marshmallows from mashmallow plants

    tried online with no luck
    I have some old pharmacopoeias and Mrs Beaton's I try and find them. My library is stored in boxes.(very little leftthe books to live in my head)

    The plant contains stacks of mucilage and is therefore very soothing to inflamed skin or whatever.
    most lollies were first developed to mask the taste or texture of a herbal medicine or to preserve it as also with alcoholic drinks Chartreuse etc Mint drops, Liquorice etc all started life as herbal medicines as did Gin and Tonic.
    I don't like store -bought marshmallows but it is such a common weed I thought some old timer just might know.

    Wild mallow is related to Hollyhocks. With those it is said that they help you "to see the fairies"
    I'm part- Irish so I don't need a lot of help.
     
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    Re: Marshmallows from mashmallow plants

    Marshmallow root has a distinct subtle sweet taste as well as the mucilage and would make a lovely 'sweet'. I think that modern marshmallows are going to be much firmer than anything you can make with the root unless you add agar or similar.

    Mallow (malva spp) are somewhat different to marshmallows, being less sweet and less mucilagey (still good medicine though). Are you sure it's the marshmallow you have naturalised? Mallow is much more common.
     
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    Re: Marshmallows from mashmallow plants

    good question, now you have me thinking
    there is so much glyphosphste being sprayed everwher these days it is not that common now.
    the one I remember is this
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    https://redfoottortoise.com/edible_landscaping.htm
    Some info and links to pictures here.
    https://www.ibiblio.org/pfaf/cgi-bin/arr ... fficinalis
    or this?
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    https://www.complete-gardens.co.uk/onlin ... php?cat=15
    i am really confused now I will have to go looking for a plant!

    i did come acrossm an interesting receipie for eating your lawn/grass:-
    https://crabappleherbs.com/blog/category/herbs/plantain/

    It would probably be every good for you, if you could get it down!. The common violet has mucilage + cylocides, anti-cancer chemicals being researched at Qld Uni.
     
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    Re: Marshmallows from mashmallow plants

    Good question, now you have me thinking
    there is so much glyphosatebeing sprayed everywhere these days it is not that common now.
    The one I remember is this
    [​IMG]
    https://redfoottortoise.com/edible_landscaping.htm
    Some info and links to pictures here.
    https://www.ibiblio.org/pfaf/cgi-bin/arr ... fficinalis
    or this?
    [​IMG]
    https://www.complete-gardens.co.uk/onlin ... php?cat=15
    i am really confused now I will have to go looking for a plant!

    In my search for a photo i did come acrosm an interesting recipe for eating your lawn/grass:-
    https://crabappleherbs.com/blog/category/herbs/plantain/

    It would probably be every good for you, if you could get it down!. The common violet has mucilage + cylocides, anti-cancer chemicals being researched at Qld Uni.
     
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    Re: Marshmallows from mashmallow plants

    Marshmallow has sharper, greyer leaves than mallow I think. And furrier. I wouldn't have thought marshmallow was naturalised in Oz although I would expect to see it in some gardens (in marshy places).

    Mallows grow in dry places as well as wetter ones.

    Tim Low in WIld Herbs of Australia and NZ has a listing for marshmallow but he's talking about mallows (malva spp rather than althea). Bit naughty of him really. In herb circles marshmallow is a specific plant, related to the mallows but a different genus.

    They can tend to look similar until you get used to IDing them, and there are also the lavatera spp and their garden hybrids (tree mallow is a lavatera I think).
     
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    Re: Marshmallows from mashmallow plants

    Hi Michealangelica,
    Your request for a marshmallow recipe using marshmallow root got me wanting to do the same. So I went looking and was able to find a couple recipes:

    https://www.hungrybrowser.com/phaedrus/m010702.htm (source)
    Marshmallows Treats

    Make your children a natural treat without all the chemicals, coloring
    and preservatives which make our children hyperactive.

    2 egg whites
    1 tsp vanilla
    ½ cup raw cane sugar
    1 tbsp powdered Marshmallow (root)

    Whip egg whites until almost stiff. Add vanilla and whip until stiff.
    Then whip in the sugar, 1 tsp at a time. Finally, add Marshmallow and
    whip again. Place by teaspoonful on cookie sheet. Bake in 325 oven
    for 1 hour.

    https://www.recipezaar.com/Original-Marshmallows-189011 (source)
    Another Marshmallow recipe
    Ingredients
    4 tablespoons marshmallows, roots
    28 tablespoons refined sugar
    20 tablespoons gum tragacanth (or gum arabic)
    2 cups water (Water of orange flowers for aroma or instead of plain water)
    1-2 egg white, well beaten

    Directions
    1 Make sure the mallow roots aren't moldy or too woody. Marshmallow gives off almost twice its own weight of mucilaginous gel when placed in water.
    2 Make a tea of marshmallow roots by simmering in a pint of water for twenty to thirty minutes. Add additional water if it simmers down. Strain out the roots.
    3 Heat the gum and marshmallow decoction (water) in a double boiler until they are dissolved together. Strain with pressure.
    4 Stir in the sugar as quickly as possible. When dissolved, add the well beaten egg whites, stirring constantly, but take off the fire and continue to stir. Lay out on a flat surface. Let cool, and cut into smaller pieces.

    Hope this is of some help to you. I haven't tried them myself, but they look pretty good. :D
     
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    Re: Marshmallows from mashmallow plants

    Tar muchly
    :bear: :blob6:
    Now iI just have to find afew plants my Round-Up- happy Council hasn't sprayed with glyphosate!
     

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