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Ribwort plantain

Scientific name: Plantago lanceolata
Family: Plantain (Plantaginaceae)

Ribwort plantain goes by different names, such as ribleaf, buckhorn and more. In India, it is also known as “medicine of life”, and not without reason. In fact, it contains an antibiotic substance called aucubin, as well as tannins and mucins that have calming and anti-inflammatory effects. Ribwort is also rich in vitamin C and B-group vitamins, as well as various minerals. Its leaves, seeds and flower spikes are edible, with a taste that is reminiscent of mushrooms. The leaves and flowers in particular can be eaten either raw or steamed. There are many varieties of plantain, which are distinguished by the size and shape of their leaves. These include common plantain (Plantago major), narrow-leaf plantain (Plantago media) and buckhorn plantain.