Where can I find 'guascas' aka quickweed or gallant soldier?

phasmid123July 28, 2010


I have a friend from Columbia who needs an herb called "guascas" in Spanish. It's known as a weed in USA called quickweed or gallant soldier. Do you know where I can get it in the Puget Sound Area? Perhaps you see it in your garden and you pull them as a weed?


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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Botanical name is Galinsoga parviflora - a search with that may help.

At http://www.mycolombianrecipes.com/guascas I found a mention that can be found in specialty food stores -- see note below. Perhaps Mexican markets or something similar. Or in a community with a reasonably large Columbian population?

How about that? One of the sources -- Amigofoods -- isn't a shop but is a mailorder site -- http://www.amigofoods.com/kigu10gr.html

Here is a link that might be useful: a mailorder source

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 6:58PM
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Please not ColUmbia is a USA state and ColOmbia is the country you are referring to!!!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 9:21PM
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Nice catch on the tricky Columbia vs. Colombia.

However, Columbia is a USA major river and state capital, not a USA state.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 11:36PM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

Nice catch indeed!
I never noticed the difference before.
As coincidence would have it, I just happened to have a T-shirt on from Cartagena, Colombia I bought when I was there last year.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 11:06AM
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