Good Eat Guide to Wild Weeds Plants and Herbs
Even though when you were growing up, your parents probably told you “not to put that in your mouth” when you picked the weeds from the garden, they weren’t entirely correct. Despite popular belief, there are countless edible weeds, wild plants and wild herbs out there that you probably pass on a daily basis. Some of these can prove to be a viable addition and a perfect complement to a flawless dish whereas others can even be eaten standalone without cooking which is a masterful survival technique if you suddenly find yourself lost in the woods. Here is a brief guide to wild herbs, wild plants and weeds that are good to eat.
Dandelions and Burdock
No, not the popular soda or alcoholic twist: dandelion plants and burdock plants are both great to eat. Who would have associated these common weeds with food? Both dandelion and burdock are best eaten when boiled so as to avoid the bitterness usually associated with the more mature plants, but both dandelion and burdock of any age is edible. Dandelion is easily recognisable for its thick stalk and yellow flower head and it is a prominent sight in most gardens. Burdock is recognisable for its purple, thistle-like plant head. The broth that is left over can also be a great addition to salads. Perhaps you should think twice about what you do with the dandelion and burdock weeds in your garden next time round.
Asparagus and clover
Asparagus is a widely farmed wild plant that is found as a food product in most grocery stores. While not the most popular salad addition of all, asparagus is edible and it can be found growing in many places in the world. Wild asparagus contains many vitamins and can be a great wild herb to look out for when you find yourself lost. The same can be said for clover. Even clover that you find in your lawn is edible, but eating directly from your lawn can be dangerous because of pests, pesticides and such. However, if you find yourself in the wild and you find yourself a patch of clover on a grassy knoll, dig in and enjoy because this little herb can be a life saver.
Often sold as a delicacy, starter or snack in most takeaways these days, green seaweed is one of the most globally available edible plants in the world. Green seaweed can be easily foraged from the ocean each and every day. For the best results, wash the seaweed in fresh water rather than salt water. It can be enjoyed raw or boiled as a main meal or as an accompaniment to other food that you may find such as fruit or fish. You can even make seaweed soup for a delicious and satisfying meal with leftover broth for additional meals too. Who would have thought that one of the ocean’s most common weeds could save your life?
The world is just one big buffet waiting to be feasted upon. So many naturally growing plants, weeds and herbs are actually edible. Do not turn up your nose to a free meal, especially when you are out in the wild and simply longing to survive. There is food out there if you are willing to research and identify it, and much if it is available to you each and every day without you even realizing. Hopefully, the aforementioned guide will make you think twice about putting harmful and dangerous pesticides on your lawn from now on, especially if your own garden is a cheeky treasure trove for good grub.
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