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So, I Eat Weeds

July 6, 2012
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Yes, you read that right, I eat weeds. My current favorite is dandelion. I have a patch growing in the shade that doesn’t get as bitter as most and love to cut the tender young leaves up, after blanching, into some scrambled eggs or other potherb batch I’ve got going. I’ve been growing some pellitory too. Watching it grow through the year for positive identification. I’m about to try a little of it also. They say it may cause allergic reaction, so I want to try just a little at first.

I have found where a neighbor tosses her old horse waste. She’s been doing it for years and I have harvested some great compost from the piles left a year or so ago. I made a new flower bed but didn’t get it finished in time for the summer heat. I plan to use it for winter squash. Well, a blessing has come up and doing quite well in the bed, amaranth. It’s just a couple of weeks old but looks like a leaf kind instead of a grain kind of amaranth. I’m going to harvest some soon, I’ll let you know how it is.

The real reason I’m sharing this with you is to simply suggest that you too should investigate the edible weeds in your area. I bet there are some nearby that are delicious. Many of the wild things are even more nutritious than the grown for produce stuff. Like purslane for instance.  The Portulaca oleracea has omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin A, B, C and E, beta carotene, magnesium, calcium, potassium, folate, lithium, iron and is 2.5% protein. Beat that in your local grocery.

There are a lot of places on the internet to check out and learn about your local weeds as a food source. You never know when you might need them. One of my favorites is http://www.youtube.com/user/EatTheWeeds
Greene Dean has done a wonderful job on his site too, it has loads of information. http://www.eattheweeds.com/

I recommend you find someone in your local area that forages. Check your local extension service.

I thank you for visiting and hope you too eat weeds and enjoy them.

Blessings to You!
BroJim