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Mar 10, 2011 12:30 AM

What weeds are you eating?

I just had a dandelion salad with raspberry vinaigrette, apple, and sorrel. I plan on picking some wild onions and thistles on my day off. Anyone else eating things they're supposed to poison and hate?

If it sounds weird/interesting/morbidly fascinating/like a good idea check out the Steve Brill's site:
Weeds growing at home, work, the park, the forest, the highway median, school, or your neighbor's house might be edible and even tasty.

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  1. I bought a pot of red-ribbed dandelion last year at FM and it's still growing strong in a larger pot that stuff! I also have some portulaca that I enjoy now and then. CAUTION: on weeds growing around schools/parks etc., they might be sprayed with chemicals and/or subject to dog-walking...just sayin' so folks might excercise restraint there.

    1. My yard's still under two feet of snow, so I'm not eating anything. But I usually eat dandelion greens, mustard buds, and Japanese Knotweed shoots. This year I'm gonna try embryonic dandelion flowers, because Bittman says they're good. I've tried goutweed and clover. Not great.

      I second the comment about being aware of pesticides and pet waste. Then again, animals crap in my vegetable garden, and I just throw the poo away and make sure I wash all my veggies really well.

      1. Mustard greens. The dandelion and arugula are too piquant for me.

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        1. re: jaykayen

          WHAT??!!! You find mustard greens not piquant? Well, okay...mustard greens give me an awesome noseburn similar to you not taste that also? (everyone's palate is different!)...I also love them! Hell, I love everything, it seems...had fresh dill in an herb mix I bought on sale once...loved it so much in my salad that I also planted some fresh dill. Thanks Jaykayen!

        2. I can't say that I've enjoyed any of the weeds I've bought dandelion is OK in a saute, but the stuff I pick from my lawn goes straight to my tortoises. Purslane, which is so highly touted, tastes godawful to me. The one weed which I love, and I haven't had it since my college days, is stinging nettle. My roommate and I used to harvest it by the road side.

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          1. re: EricMM

            Purslane=portulaca...I'm pretty sure...I couldn't think of the word Purslane but I remember my dad who loved plants showing me portulaca in our yard in NJ. Thanks Eric!

          2. I'm a big fan of sorrel, both wild (sheep sorrel) and my own garden-grown large leaf.