Malva neglecta is an annual growing to 0.6 m (2 ft). It is also known as common mallow in the United States and also buttonweed, cheeseplant, cheeseweed, dwarf mallow and roundleaf mallow. This plant is often consumed as a food, with its leaves, stalks and seed all being considered edible. This is especially true of the seeds, which contain 21% protein and 15.2% fat.
- Macaronesia: Canary Islands
- Northern Africa: Algeria, Morocco
- Arabian Peninsula: Saudi Arabia
- Western Asia: Afghanistan, Cyprus, Sinai, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Syria, Turkey
- Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
- Soviet Middle Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
- Mongolia: Mongolia
- China: Xinjiang
- Indian Subcontinent: India, Pakistan
- Northern Europe: Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom
- Middle Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland
- Southeastern Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Sardinia, Serbia, Slovenia, Romania,
- Southwestern Europe: France, Portugal, Spain
Leaves can be chewed medicinally for sore throats, and while fibrous, can be eaten raw or cooked. The young seeds can be eaten raw or cooked, and when mature can be cooked like rice or mixed with ancient grains.
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