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Edible Plant Species

Veitchia joannis H. Wendl. Palmae.
Fiji Islands.
The kernel has a slightly astringent taste but is eaten readily by the natives of Viti, especially the youngsters.

Veltheimia. Liliaceae.
Eastern equatorial Africa.
This plant grows in the swamps of the Nile, and its flowers are utilized as a spinach.

Veratrum viride Ait. Liliaceae. INDIAN POKE. WHITE HELLEBORE.
North America.
Josselyn probably referred to this plant when mentioning a small, round-leafed tobacco as utilized by the New England Indians.

Veronica anagallis Linn. Scrophulariaceae. WATER SPEEDWELL.
Northern climates.
The plant is considered to be antiscorbutic.

Northern climates.
Lightfoot says of brooklime, "it is esteemed an antiscorbutic and is eaten by some in the spring as a sallet, but it is more bitter and not so agreeable to the palate as watercresses." Loudon says it is used in Britain as a salad.

V. officinalis Linn. FLUELLEN. SPEEDWELL.
Northern climates.
The leaves of this species were recommended by Hoffman as a tea substitute, but Withering says it is more astringent and less grateful than tea.

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