Eat your Weeds!

Chickweed pre-flowering, early winter, New Zealand

Did you know that some of those ‘weeds’ you’re throwing on the compost heap could be thrown into your next salad?

Numbers of plants falling into the ‘undomesticated’ or ‘wild’ categories have long been recognised as valuable sources of food and for their medicinal properties.

Many are nutrient and mineral rich and can be used in salads, sandwiches, soups and stews for example. Some can also be used to make teas.

With a little digging you can uncover a rich history associated with these beneficial weeds stemming back hundreds of years.

The Obligatory Warning: While some weeds are edible and nutritious, others are poisonous! You need to be sure about identification and use. Do the research and preferably talk to a local expert. Proceed with caution.

Some resources to get you started:

Julia’s Edible Weeds
Wikipedia.org: List of beneficial weeds
TreeHugger.com: 9 Edible Garden Weeds
OrganicGardening.com: 8 Weeds You Can Eat
EatTheWeeds.com
Edible Wild Food
Search Google – ‘edible weeds’

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