Many weeds are edible weeds although this is not widely known. Faced with an epidemic of two weeds in particular I thought I had better put this edible weeds theory in practice and try and eat my way to controlling them. This I would add was after researching about them on the internet. Please don’t just launch in and eat anything you find, there is a lot of stuff that is poisonous, even if it is less in common plants than I thought. Another thing to watch is that you don’t forage something rare. There have been mushroom foraging bans in several parts of England due to their rarity. However the edible weeds I am talking about are not rare and never will be.
The first is the dandelion. See pic below. Said to be high in antioxidants and vitamins A, C and K (sky high) as well as some other useful compounds. The mature leaves are said to be a bit bitter.
Introduced to the UK by the Romans and related to the carrot the stuff is a grade A gardening nightmare. The Romans didn’t introduce it for its beauty (see pic) they considered it a delicacy. Again eat the young leaves. Its said to taste a bit like spinach. After checking it was not poisonous (honest) I cooked it as I would spinach for the wife. It did not go down well. This time with both plants I cut the leaves up loosing the tougher veins and fry them in a spicy chicken dish and in risotto. To be honest I could not taste them, but hopefully the benefits of the vitamins A and K will still be there. C is destroyed by cooking.