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Silene vulgaris


Silene vulgaris
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Copyright: Lior Almagor (LiorAlmagor) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 90] (1266)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-23
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikon DX AF-S 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 G ED
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-17 2:19
Viewed: 2688
Points: 10
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Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Subfamily: Caryophylloideae
Genus: Silene
Species: Silene vulgaris
Silene vulgaris, Silene cucubalus or Bladder Campion is a plant species of the genus Silene of the Pink Family (Caryophyllaceae). It is native to Europe, where in some parts it is eaten, but is widespread in North America where it is considered a weed.
In Spain, the young shoots and the leaves are used as food. The tender leaves may be eaten raw in salads. The older leaves are usually eaten boiled or fried, sauteed with garlic as well as in omelettes.
Formerly in La Mancha region of Spain, where Silene vulgaris leaves are valued as a green vegetable, there were people known as "collejeros" who picked these plants and sold them. Leaves are small and narrow, so it takes many plants to obtain a sizeable amount.
In La Mancha the Silene vulgaris leaves, locally known as "collejas", were mainly used to prepare a dish called gazpacho viudo (widower gazpacho). The ingredients were flatbread known as tortas de gazpacho and a stew prepared with Silene vulgaris leaves. The reference to a widower originated in the fact that this dish was only eaten when meat was scarce and the leaves were emergency or lean-times food, a substitute for an essential ingredient. Other dishes prepared with these leaves in Spain include "potaje de garbanzos y collejas", "huevos revueltos con collejas" and "arroz con collejas".
In Crete it is called Agriopapoula (Αγριοπάπουλα) and the locals eat its leaves and tender shoots browned in olive oil.

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Hello Lior
Beautiful photo with nice colours and good sharpness. Very interesting note. In Cyprus we also eat the young shoots of Silene vulgaris fried with eggs. We call them strouthoudkia (στρουθούδκια).
Regards,
Christodoulos

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-11-17 9:15]

Hi Lior!
Beautiful little flowers, captured with very good details. Nice contrast against the green background.
In my opinion, there is a bit of noise in the image.
However a pleasant composition.
Ciao! Vanda

Hallo Lior
Beautiful detail and soft on the eye colours. A very delicate cluster of flowers which is a delight to look at and appreciate. It has such a relaxing feel to it. The depth of field is great. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
Anna

Hi Lior,
good POV of this S. vulgaris, common in my country
TFS, regards
Ferran

Hello Lior
Nice POV of beautiful flowers.
Thanks for sharing.
maneemakkala

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