Welcome back! We’re talking about all the edible weeds that you can find in your backyard. In our last post we talked about dandelions and clovers. Today we’ll discuss a few other weeds that you might not have known were edible. Need affordable Raleigh caterers for your next spring or summer event? Call the experts at Catering by Design today. You’ll love our selections, prices and customer service.
Purslane grows all over the world. Purslane likes moist garden beds, lawns, and shady areas. It usually grows close to the ground. It’s technically a succulent and has a crispy texture. It’s also known as garden purslane, little hogweed, pusley, and wild portulaca among others. Purslane is actually a nutritional powerhouse. It’s loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. The leaves and stems can be eaten raw or you can cook them. It has a peppery flavor and goes great in salads, stir fry, and helps to thicken soups and stews.
Plantain is a very common lawn weed found all over the US. It’s so hardy that it can even grow in the cracks of cement or asphalt. Not to be confused with the tropical fruit, this leafy green weed is equally amazing. Plantain can be eaten or used medicinally. For medicinal purposes you can use it to soothe burns, rashes, stings, and surface wounds. Young leaves can be eaten raw, boiled, sauteed, or steamed. Adult leaves can also be eaten but tend to be somewhat stringy and a little tough. The seedpods can be cooked like grains, ground up to make a flour, or boiled and served as a side dish like green beans or asparagus. Plantain leaves are rich in iron and vitamins A and C.
We hope you’ll invoke your adventurous side and try some of these backyard delicacies. Get the kids involved! They’ll enjoy harvesting these yummy weeds.
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