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There are many plants that we've grown accustomed to pulling out of our gardens because they are too strong and take out too many nutrients. Many of these plants are actually edible and highly nutritious. You probably have many of these growing in your yard.

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Amaranth

The leaves are best when young, they can be eaten raw, but taste better when steamed or sauteed.

  Edible Weeds - Amaranth Edible Weeds - Amaranth
Edible Weeds - Amaranth
Learn from Green Deane about Amaranth, a long-cultivated but also wild food, vegetable and grain. . . Vegetable Amaranth 1-2 feet high Grain Amaranth - much taller Leaves dark on to


  Redroot Pigweed Redroot Pigweed
Redroot Pigweed
The Redroot Pigweed is a type of Amaranth, that creates thousands of little black seeds. These seeds are edible, but the hard seed casing isn't very easy to cook with, as there is more undigestible se


  Redroot pigweed Redroot pigweed
Redroot pigweed
Common name: Redroot pigweed Family: Amaranthaceae Height: Up to 6 ft. Foliage: Simple, alternate leaves with long petioles Flowers: Small, green with 3 spine-like bracts arranged into densly



Rumex Dock Sorrel Buckwheat

Leaves and seeds from all memebers of the Polygonaceae family are edible.
  Rumex Wide-Leaf Dock Rumex Wide-Leaf Dock
Rumex Wide-Leaf Dock


  Edible Weeds - Rumex Sorrel Grass Edible Weeds - Rumex Sorrel Grass
Edible Weeds - Rumex Sorrel Grass
Learn from Green Deane how to identify and prepare Rumex (Sorrel) a spring time green and wild food around the world. eattheweeds.com . . Leaves look like a little sword Leaves turn pi


  Red Dock Red Dock
Red Dock


  Dock, patience à feuilles obtuses Dock, patience à feuilles obtuses
Dock, patience à feuilles obtuses
Height: Up to 3 ft. Foliage: Leaves broad, with nearly entire slightly wavy margin Flowers: Small greenish in dense clusters of ascending racemes Bloom time: June to September Habitat: Pasture


  Curly Dock Curly Dock
Curly Dock


Edible Yard Weeds

A few common edible weeds that can be found in the city.
  Edible Yard Weeds Edible Yard Weeds
Edible Yard Weeds
Garden Time - Don't Kill your Weeds, Eat Them Why apply chemicals to remove your weeds, when you can harvest them to eat! We wander through a backyard to assemble a salad with a plant expert



Fireweed
Young leaves and flowers are edible.
  Fireweed Fireweed
Fireweed
Chamerion Rosebay Willowherb It's called Fireweed because of it's ablility to establish itself after fires. It can also survive oil spills. It is a "Pioneer species". The leaves of firew



Chickweed
  Chickweed Chickweed
Chickweed



Miner's Lettuce
Leaves are great raw.
  Miner's Lettuce: Edible Weed Miner's Lettuce: Edible Weed
Miner's Lettuce: Edible Weed
Water plant that looks like a lilypad. Miner's lettuce, Winter Purslane, Spring Beauty, and Indian lettuce. AKA: Montia perfoliata. VIDEO: Stalking Wild Greens: Miner's Lettuce Miner's let


Wild Mustards

Best when steamed, boiled etc.
  Clasping Pepperweed Clasping Pepperweed
Clasping Pepperweed
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  Clasping Pepperweed Clasping Pepperweed
Clasping Pepperweed
Lepidium perfoliatum Brassica Weed


  Flix Weed Flix Weed
Flix Weed
This pest causes problems by: How to get rid of it:



Pineapple Weed
Can be used to make a chamomile tea.
  Pineapple Weed Pineapple Weed
Pineapple Weed
Yellow Mini-sunflower Wildflower Weed, Yellow-green corollas, with no real petals. AKA: Disc Mayweed /Chamomilla suaveolens /Artemisia matricarioides The flowers have a chamomile/pineapple s


Dandelion
All parts of the dandelion are nutritious. Most of the time the dandelion is very bitter, this can be remedied by cooking, boiling, etc.
  Dandelion Weed Dandelion Weed
Dandelion Weed
This pest causes problems by: How to get rid of it:


  Dandelion - Make a Wish Flower Dandelion - Make a Wish Flower
Dandelion - Make a Wish Flower
This is the Dandelion in it's seed stage. Kids love to blow these seeds into the wind and make wishes while the air carries these little weed parachutes into the middle of your lawn. The leaves a


  Dandelion, pissenlit Dandelion, pissenlit
Dandelion, pissenlit
Height: Up to 12 in. Foliage: Variable in shape from lobeless or entire to deeply lobed with soft points Flowers: Yellow, strap shaped ray flowers, 100-300 per head Bloom time: May to June


  Dandelion Dandelion
Dandelion
The Taraxacum officinale or 'Dandelion' as it is commonly known, is considered a major pest or weed in North America. It is easily identified, and commonly known by most people. It is the little yello


Purslane
  Purslane - Verdolaga - Pusley Purslane - Verdolaga - Pusley
Purslane - Verdolaga - Pusley
Portulaca oleracea Common Purslane, AKA Verdolaga, Pigweed, Little Hogweed or Pusley It has a slightly sour and salty taste, Purslane is commonly eaten throughout Europe, Asia and Me


Grape Root Oregon
  Grape Root Oregon Grape Root Oregon
Grape Root Oregon
Oregon-grape (Mahonia aquifolium, Berberidaceae) is an evergreen shrub related to the barberry. The Oregon-grape is not closely related to grapes, but gets its name from the purple clusters of berr


Sonchus
  Sonchus Sow thistle Sonchus Sow thistle
Sonchus Sow thistle
Groudsel or Dandelion-like Aster. AKA Hare Thistles, Hare Lettuces, Puha, Rareke The stem contains a milky sap. Like the true thistles, sow thistles are in the family Asteraceae.



Foraging tips:
  Foraging Wild Edibles Foraging Wild Edibles
Foraging Wild Edibles
Foraging is one of the most empowering skills a person can have. Not only does it connect you to your environment, it enables you to utilize what is already around you, for free. Along with learning w




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Comment: Edible Weeds and Native Plants

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jemgal
jemgal
November 22, 2011
this is great I always hated to pull the "weeds"

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Cambridge February 15, 2010
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heidbenati
December 04, 2009
I love this page !!

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