Stinking Orach

(Chenopodium vulvaria) "Stinking" is right - when handled it smells like rotting fish. That unpleasant smell is trimethylamine (like hawthorn), and there is also ammonia in the smell (Genders. 1971). Nevertheless, they can be cooked and eaten, like spinach. Hill described it as "an excellent medicine in all hysteric complaints", and there were similar recommendations from all the older herbalists. Indeed, it was even supposed at one time to cure infertility. Just by the smell of it! (Grieve. 1931).

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