Lapad (Rumex patientia) is a perennial herb of the Lapad family. It is found wild in meadows all over Europe and is also grown and cultivated as a garden vegetable.
There are many legends about lapada, such as, for example, that Roman soldiers used it to quench their thirst with it. Rather, sorrel is more suitable, but the similarity is so great that when you get thirsty, apparently a lot of things become chewable. In ancient times, lapada was used as a laxative, and in later times it entered all kinds of culinary recipes.
Lapad is related to sorrel, but has a more neutral taste compared to it. It is darker green and taller. Its leaves are more strongly veined and should be removed.
Easy to grow – you just need to plant a sedge and maybe in combination with sorrel and from there it's good to water and prune them regularly so they can grow again to grow. Not to mention that it grows like wild and fortunately is just as resistant to weather changes. It is one of the most popular edible herbaceous plants in our country. Along with the sorrel and the nettle, it is the salvation of the poor and announces that they have managed to get through the hard winter and already summer is much easier to feed themselves, even just walking around the meadows and groves. That's where the expression " let's go green" comes from! And here to ask all parents of toddlers up to the third grade, because others have hardly thought about it, but it turns out that it is very important to know - is this a saying or a proverb?
If you grow your lapad, you will have greens for diet soups, as my grandmother called them "profir" - perfect for warm weather, for pies, for salads, for side dishes, main dishes and for whatever you can invent.
There are over 100-150 species of lapad, in our country there are about 20 species, but even one species is enough for you, for a he althy diet.
You should know that lapad contains enough vitamins, minerals, proteins and carbohydrates and can easily replace meat. That is why lapad is a favorite food of vegans, vegetarians and people who adhere to he althy eating. Lapad contains a whole complex of B vitamins – B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, as well as A, C, E and K. It contains iron, potassium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, so it is also recommended for the treatment of anemia.
In addition, it contains flavonoids and anthraquinone compounds that make it beneficial for sluggish bowels. Increases appetite and improves digestion. Lapad decoction works well in colitis. In folk medicine, it is used to treat diabetes, liver, bile, obesity and even in the fight against cancer.
In a word, lapad is useful - you just have to find recipes in which to include it or come up with it yourself and experiment, diversifying the family table.