But apparently the narrowleaf, being in the same Plantago genus, has the same properties of being edible, nutritious, and a great healing herb, especially for bites and stings and sores.
https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natu ... tain-leaf/The plant is one of nine sacred herbs mentioned in the ancient Lacnunga (â€˜Remediesâ€™), a collection of Anglo-Saxon medical texts. During the 1500s and 1600s, it was used by Europeans for everything from dog bites and boils to fevers and the flu . The major components of plantain are iridoid glycosides (particularly aucubin), mucilage,and tannins.... Due to its long history of use across the globe, and recent confirmation of some of its therapeutic properties, plantain leaf is now used primarily as an herbal remedy for upper respiratory tract health.
Plantain is listed in an article called "the five healthiest backyard weeds."
- See more at: https://www.livescience.com/15322-health ... CeToH.dpuf -Plantain has a nutritional profile similar to dandelion â€” that is, loaded with iron and other important vitamins and minerals. The leaves are tastiest when small and tender, usually in the spring but whenever new shoots appear after being cut back by a lawnmower. The shoots of the broadleaf plantain, when green and tender and no longer than about four inches, can be described as a poor-man's fiddlehead, with a nutty, asparagus-like taste. Pan-fry in olive oil for just a few seconds to bring out this taste.
Given how much of it there is in my yard, I will never starve! But I really like having some handy for a bee sting/ mosquito bite poultice.