edible weeds

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.

DSC_2304 The second of the edible weeds is ground elder.  See pic below.  Again lots of minerals and vitamins.

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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.

Neil

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