For most gardeners weeds are the enemy and hateful objects that take time and effort to be removed or, at least, kept under control. But when you discover that some of these weeds can provide a mouth-watering dish or be made into a delicious tea then they take on a rather different complexion. These fifteen edible weeds are described in an article which I found on Mike’s Backyard Nursery website.
If you take a good look at your yard, you will find many different edible weeds that can be eaten in salads, made into tea or used for health purposes.
Found on most continents, Amaranth is an edible weed and Native to the Americas. The whole Amaranth plant can be eaten but if the leaves appear to have spines on them, avoid eating those leaves.
The leaves contain oxalic acid and if grown in soil that is rich in nitrate the plant will be rich in nitrate. Boiling the plant is recommended before eating, and do not drink the water that you have boiled the plant in.
Amaranth can also be eaten raw if that is the person only choice.
The same asparagus vegetable that you find in the grocery store can be found in the wild in Europe, North America, West Asia and North Africa.
Grown with a much thinner stalk, wild asparagus is rich in thiamine, potassium and vitamins B6 and C. Wild asparagus can be eaten raw or you can boil it for a few minutes to soften the stalks.
Wild asparagus grows extremely fast and has many health benefits like reducing swelling and water retention. In the 16th century, asparagus was used to treat bee stings and cure toothaches.
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