Lobelia, scientifically known as Lobelia inflata, is a herbaceous plant revered for its diverse applications in traditional herbal medicine. Cut and sifted lobelia herb comprises the dried leaves, stems, and sometimes flowers of the plant. Lobelia herb possesses a distinct aroma that is both herbal and slightly pungent. The flavor of lobelia can be described as mildly bitter and peppery, with herbal undertones.
As a Bitter Herb: Some Native American tribes have used small amounts of lobelia as a bitter herb to flavor dishes, similar to other bitter herbs like dandelion greens.
As a Spice: Lobelia may have been used as a spice in traditional dishes.
As a Flavoring Agent: Native American herbalists might have used lobelia sparingly as a flavoring agent or a subtle herbal addition to certain dishes.
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