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The common mallow is part of the large family of Malvaceae plants that include cotton, okra and hibiscus. Its other common names are malva, or cheese weed. It is an edible plant that has been used for medicinal care as well as food. Mallows grows as a weed in California, and are highly nutritious. The plant is exceptionally rich in vitamins A, B, and C, along with calcium, magnesium, and potassium. The tender young leaves actually have one of the highest amounts of vitamin A in any vegetable.

Sauteed Mallows With Onions (Khobeizeh)

Sauteed mallows with onions. This Middle Eastern dish is easy to make, delicious and healthy! It is recommended to serve this dish with homemade warm pita bread and a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice.


- 1/2 lb mallow leaves

- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil

- 1/2 onion

- 1/2 lemon


Start by removing the leaves from the stems, then wash the leaves very well. I recommend soaking the mallow leaves in water with a little bit of salt before you start cooking with them. Rinse under running water and drain well.

Saute a chopped onion until it becomes soft and translucent. Set aside.

In the same pot, add the mallow leaves with a little bit of water and using a wooden spoon mix every now and then on medium heat. The mallows will start to wilt and will really decrease in volume.

When the leaves wilt, mix in the sauteed onion. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice.


You can either cook right away or freeze to be enjoyed later in the year.

You can add these to thicken up any soups or sauces.

Course: Appetizers

Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 2

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Rachel Entzminger-Lloyd
Rachel Entzminger-Lloyd
Nov 27, 2019

This looks and sounds amazing!

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