5 Nutritious Edible Weeds


5 Nutritious Edible Weeds

Ah, spring. The sun is shining, the rain is falling, the flowers are  blooming—and the weeds are growing. Before you pull and toss those pesky plants  invading your garden, take a moment to identify the weed. It might be worth  keeping! Not only are many weeds edible, but like other “leafy greens,” they’re  packed with vitamins and nutrients. Here’s a look at some common edible weeds  and their health benefits.

Dandelions: Easy to identify, this king of weeds can bring a  lot of good to your life. Dandelions are high in iron, potassium, beta-carotene  and vitamins A, C and D. This edible weed can also be turned into a detox tea or  supplement useful at cleansing  your liver. Toss dandelion leaves into a salad or steam the leaves with  garlic, chili pepper flakes or a seasoning of your choice. (Discover  more health benefits of dandelions.)

Purslane:  This wild-growing succulent plant is high in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants  like vitamins A, C and E, and essential minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium  and potassium. (Discover  more health benefits of purslane.)

Stinging nettles: This edible weed has a prickly  exterior, but don’t let that prevent you from digging in! (Just be sure to wear  gloves when collecting it.) Stinging nettles are an excellent source of vitamins  A, B and C, as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium and zinc. Stinging  nettles are also useful at treating conditions like arthritis and seasonal  allergies, and because they’re a diuretic, they’re a useful food in a detox  diet. (Discover  more health benefits of stinging nettles.)

Chickweed: This creeping annual is high in vitamins A, D and  B and minerals like iron, calcium and potassium. As a diuretic and appetite  suppressant, chickweed is sometimes used in weight loss plans. Chickweed is also  useful at treating respiratory ailments like asthma, allergies and bronchitis.  (Discover  more health benefits of chickweed.)

Lamb’s quarters: The leaves of this edible weed taste like  spinach, making it easy to toss into a salad. Loaded with calcium, beta-carotene  and vitamin C, lamb’s quarters leaves are good eaten raw or cooked into  casseroles, egg dishes and grain salads. (Learn  more about lamb’s quarters.)

A word of caution before you start pulling weeds to eat: only collect weeds  from areas that you know are free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. As  with all foraging, proper identification is essential, so think about investing  in a book such as A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants or enlisting the  help of a local botanist or herbalist to take you on a “weed walk.”

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Author: Bobby Kenyon
Bobby Kenyon is the Creative Solutions Guru for C.E. Pontz Sons who has over a decade plus experience in the Landscape & Water Garden industry . He enjoys long walks on the beach and grocery shopping but has a strong dislike for regular cake and off brand paper towels

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