Rich in vitamin C, this is a well sailed plant known not only to the Vikings. his biennial/perennial reaches 2-3 ft tall and grows along coastal areas and in salt marshes. It is used as a citrus substitute. Leaves are heart or spoon shaped, typically dark green, grow from the base
of the plant in a rosette, surrounding a flowering stem that grows during the summer months. Flowers clusters are typically white but are sometimes tinged
with purple, around Â½â to 1â across. Zone
Its popularity comes from the 19th century, when it was taken aboard ships as a preventative for vitamin C deficiency before citrus fruits were readily available. Leaves can be eaten raw, cooked into other dishes or dried for later use. In the 1850's spoonwort extract was a fashionable breakfast drink, much like orange juice today.
The herb has many other medicinal benefits. Spoonwort was used for gout, arthritis, stomachache, and fluid retention. It is also used as a âblood purifier.â A potent medicinal herb with many benefits.