For most people, weeds are just some annoying plants that grows where you don’t want them to be. Having a good understanding about these weeds may change your views about some of these incredible plants. You can turn them into delicious and nutritious food.
But first you have to know that not all weeds are edible. Therefore, before you start eating weeds from your garden you need to be able to identify the edible from the toxic once. Learn about three of the best edible and medicinal weeds you can grow in your garden.
This weed tastes acrid but it has such amazing healing abilities from bee stings, cuts, and skin problems to treating diarrhea. This hardy plant is native to Europe and is easy to grow in different conditions. It loves partial shade but can also take on full sun. Plantain grows very close to the ground and reach about foot high. It can also be planted directly to a garden plot. The good thing about plantain is that you can pick the leaves any time. For your salad, collect the young tender leaves which taste better than the matured ones. The leaves, root and seed can be used to make a wonderful healing tea.
Its botanical name is Taraxacum Officinale. A flowering edible herb that is often thought of as weed typically grows and completes its life cycle for about three years or more. It’s very ideal to grow in garden as it bears beautiful sunny and canary yellow flowers. It can easily attract beneficial insects like bees and butterflies as well as birds. Plant them in areas where they can enjoy full sun. It’s a very hardy plant requiring very minimal care and watering. Matured leaves are bitter, so the best time to harvest the leaves is while they are young and tender. Snip the flowers before they open and pick up roots before the flowers bloom. The leaves and roots are used for tea and infusion and are great in nourishing and cleansing the liver.
Planting lambsquarter in your garden is so easy and if you’re lucky enough, you can find them mysteriously appearing in your garden. The seed can be sown directly on garden plot, and it would be a good idea to plant them where they can be contained easily as they are very invasive. Also known as wild spinach, this amazing plant has one of the highest in nutritional content among wild food, in fact it’s in the number 2 spot. It is packed with vitamin B1 and B2, calcium, iron and is higher in content than most well-known vegetables. The leaves, root and seed are all safe to eat. Pick young leaves not only because they taste better, but they have less oxalic acids in them.
There you have it. The next time you see those weeds growing in your yard think of the health benefits they can offer.
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