from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A plant whose leaves, stems, or flowers are cooked and eaten or used as seasoning.
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- n. Any plant whose leaves, stems or flowers may be used as a culinary herb.
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- n. any of various herbaceous plants whose leaves or stems or flowers are cooked and used for food or seasoning
The species name, oleracea is Latin, meaning "potherb."
The plant is also good for bug bites, burns (including sunburn) and is eaten as a potherb in the spring.
Through the widest of this meadow ran a clear stream winding down to the lake, and on a little knoll beside a lap of the said stream, two bow-shots from the water, was a knoll, whereon stood, amidst of a potherb garden,
MALABAR SPINACH (Basella alba, B. rubra) is a very succulent vine grown throughout the tropics for the young leaves and stems, often used as a potherb.
Common purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is also used as a potherb and in salads and soups.
This idea seems to gain support also from the fact that certain Eastern peoples, whom modern civilization declares to have uneducated tastes, still employ many herbs which have dropped by the wayside of progress, or like the caraway and the redoubtable "pusley," an anciently popular potherb, are but known in western lands as troublesome weeds.
_ -- More popular than the use of the foliage as a potherb and a salad is the employment of borage blossoms and the tender upper leaves, in company or not with those of nasturtium, as a garnish or an ornament to salads, and still more as an addition to various cooling drinks.
In fields here, a wild strong smelling Umbellifera occurs, called _Dhunnea_, used as a potherb, and esteemed very fragrant by the natives.
The other articles that should not be offered at Sraddhas are the flesh of the domesticated hog, the meat of all animals not slaughtered at sacrifices, Nigella sativa, salt of the variety called Vid, the potherb that is called Sitapaki, all sprouts
By making a gift under the constellation Jyeshtha, of the potherb called Kalasaka with the roots, one attains to great prosperity as also to such an end as is desirable.
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