Use individual flowers or individual petals as a pretty garnish, pressed in to jellies, ice cubes or crystallised for cake decoration. The leaves are also edible.
Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Dec 8, 65 BC – Nov 27, 8 BC), mentions it in reference to his own diet, which he describes as very simple:
“Me pascunt olivae, me cichorea, me malvae” – meaning “As for me, olives, endives, and mallows provide sustenance”.
Rich in Potassium and Zinc. Cautionary note this plant is best grown organically because on nitrogen rich soils it can take up harmful amounts of nitrates.