A Flora and Fauna of Symi

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Spanish Oyster Plant

May 18, 2016

Since at least the time of Theophrastus in ancient Greece, the Spanish oyster plant (Scolymus hispanicus) has been known for medicinal and culinary uses. Although it has been cultivated at times, currently most of the plant which is consumed comes from harvesting of wild plant. Very popular in almost every province of Spain, where it's usually eaten in stews during Spring time. It's also used in salads, soups and with scrambled eggs in Andalusia, Spain, where it is called "tagarnina". In the sixteenth century in Salamanca, the washed young plants used to be eaten with their root, either raw or in stews with meat.

 

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