As in why nothing was posted before this. I don't think that I have heard of that herb, but then I never noticed cucumber flavor in salad dressing. Interesting & instructional. That doesn't always go together.
Very interesting. I have heard of burnet, but I've never tasted it.
I have a question for you, Sharran, concerning Aunt Bett's medicine: I just read an article in the Daily Mail (London) that claims some scientists have discovered that the juice of Euphorbia peplus, aka petty spurge or milkweed, can cure some non-melanoma skin cancers. I don't know if our native milkweed is Euphorbia peplus because I haven't looked it up yet. My question is did Aunt Bett have any medicinal use for common milkweed?
Lucy and Gloria, thank you.
I haven't had it in a long time myself. I guess it just isn't a very popular plant.
I have seen it growing in the Land Between the Lakes here, but not in my yard or garden. Not sure why that is. Most wild plants end up in my yard.
Milkweed was used for many many years by Native Americans for treating warts, ringworm, and poison ivy, so I expect it might be effective on skin cancers. The roots are toxic, so I don't know much about them at all, but I do know that ancient Native Americans used powdered root to treat asthma. Aunt Bett never did that because I suspect she knew the root was somewhat toxic.
Oh..if you ever taste burnet, be sure it is the very youngest leaves. Otherwise it will be bitter.