5 Garden Weeds You Can Eat! | The Healthiest Edible Weeds


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5 Garden Weeds You Can Eat! | The Healthiest Edible Weeds

Updated at 12:49 p.m. ET

Has theِ heat killed yourِ garden andِ left nothingِ butِ weeds.
Last year atِ this time weِ reported onِ fiveِ healthy weeds likelyِ growing inِ or nearِ your yard: dandelion, plantain, purslane, lamb’s-quarters, andِ stinging nettles.
Raw purslane, a rich source ofِ omega-3 fatty acids, offers a perfect tart punch toِ anyِ smoothie; lamb’s-quarters, oneِ ofِ the mostِ nutritionally dense foods known, cooks inِ seconds inِ a stir-fry andِ has a nutty spinach taste.


Burdock’s claim toِ fame isِ that itsِ burrs wereِ theِ inspiration forِ Velcro.
But long beforeِ those purple flowers andِ troublesome burrs form, theِ plant hasِ a long, thin root thatِ isِ edible.
By midsummer duringِ the firstِ year, youِ canِ identify theِ plant byِ its display ofِ massive dark-green leaves fairlyِ low toِ theِ ground.


Here’s a neighbor’s flower youِ don’tِ have toِ pick inِ secret, especiallyِ if youِ kindly wait untilِ theِ endِ of theِ day.
As theِ nameِ almost implies, daylilies bloom onlyِ forِ a day.
You canِ eat themِ raw inِ a salad, lightly batter andِ pan-fry them, orِ dry themِ forِ long-term storage (sold asِ golden needles inِ Asian supermarkets).

Queen Anne’s Lace:

The white flower head isِ edible raw orِ lightly battered andِ fried.
These areِ indeed wild carrots, theِ ancestor ofِ allِ cultivated carrots.
Also, toِ theِ untrained eye, Queen Anne’s lace looksِ a littleِ likeِ poisonous hemlock, whichِ will kill youِ inِ anِ hour ifِ consumed.

Mare’s Tail:

This vigorous crack-dweller hasِ a dozen names, a sureِ sign thatِ mostِ people considerِ it unsightly andِ invasive.
By midsummer, onlyِ the top foot orِ so ofِ a 3-foot plant isِ tender enoughِ to eat afterِ a quick boil.
And nowِ forِ some Boy Scout trivia: Mare’s tail isِ the weed ofِ choice forِ making a fire viaِ theِ drill-friction method.


A prized herb called shiso inِ Japan, perilla isِ yanked fromِ backyards withِ resentment byِ many a Western gardener.
This green- orِ red-leaf plant hasِ a unique taste thatِ isِ a cross betweenِ mint andِ fennel, isِ very high inِ vitamins A andِ C andِ sundry minerals, andِ can boost theِ immune system.
This nascent love ofِ perilla’s aesthetics willِ benefit weed-eaters everywhere, becauseِ a single perilla plant willِ produce thousands ofِ seeds, ensuring thatِ those tasty leaves willِ appearِ throughout theِ neighborhood, shouldِ you knowِ what toِ lookِ for.