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Common Name: Upright Hedge Parsley
Torilis japonica is an annual plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Europe, including Britain, from Norway south and east to N. Africa, north and east Asia.
Hedges and grassy places in dry soils[
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils.
Leaves - cooked[
Root - peeled and eaten raw[
Although we have no record of the seed being edible, there is a report that it contains 16 - 21% protein and 10 - 23% fat[
The seed is anthelmintic, antifungal, antiviral, expectorant and tonic[
]. It is used in Korea in the treatment of amnesia, pruritis, acidosis and scabies[
The juice of the root is used in the treatment of indigestion[
Seed - best sown in situ as soon as it is ripe. It can also be sown in spring.