Becabunga (Veronica beccabunga)
The becabunga is a herbaceous perennial belonging to the family of Escrofulariaceas. Plant is hairless, plump stems with small clusters of roots at the nodes below. The leaves are opposite, ovate in outline and slightly jagged edges, with a short but highly visible corner. The flowers are arranged in clusters that arise in the axils of the leaves. This herb grows in damp, on the verge of running or standing water, for almost the entire peninsula.
FLOWERINGThis showy flowering grass begins in April, lasting through the spring and summer. For medicinal use are harvested in summer their aerial parts. Although some people prefer to take the remedies that nature provides us in the form of elixirs and syrups, the best way to consume this herb salad is fresh, as is done with fennel, chicory or watercress, for this reason, The cooler is collected, best know. Overall, the taste is grassy, with a slight bitterness.
APPLICATIONSThe composition of the becabunga not widely known: known to contain active ingredients as well as some bitter tannins, and aucubin glucoside, also present in other species of the same family. Include a high concentration of iodine, as in the watercress. In his virtues, the most recognized grassroots are antiscorbutic and diuretic. He is considered equal to watercress, for all purposes, not only for its taste and for being in the same places, but also because they have the same healing properties. It warns the lovers of home remedies that the plant loses its properties if it dries out or is subjected to a cooking process.
ADMINISTRATIONGround fresh. As we mentioned before, any remedy that is natural to take the best and most effective result, it is absurd to try to manage it differently than the already very nature gives us. This is a clear example of what we are saying with the fresh plant can prepare a tasty salad that will delight all who consume it. For those who prefer another form of administration and can squeeze out the juice, taking the amount you believe necessary, as mentioned, this is a totally non-toxic plant, even in large doses.
HABITAT: Rim Country Water
FLOWERING: April and Summer
PART USED: Aerial parts
CATALAN: Becabunga, creixens de cavall
USESDiuretic Moderate, Mild antiscorbutic, Appetizer Leve.