Biting stew, like a cactus, is a succulent plant with fleshy leaves that can hold the liquid in the otherwise dry sand. The plant is 3-6 centimeters tall and gets fine yellow flowers in June. Biting stew has previously been used for the treatment of, among other things, scurvy, but in recent times it has been learned, that the plant will actually cause corrosive damage to skin and mucous membranes.

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Biting stew can be dried and pulverized and the powder used as a pepper-like spice. Of these, the plant has also been called “monk bites”.