Did You Know? Are You a Hunter Forager?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with PrimeSouth Properties

Most typical yard weeds are European migrants that arrived with settlers, and most are eaten back in the Old Country — or at least someone’s Old Country.

Have you ever thought of eating your weeds? 

 

Ok, ok, ok.  I am spendintg too much time on the internet right now.  I know that everyone is being a good Boy and Girl, staying clost to homw and working aorund the house.  Spring is here.  Have you ever thought of eating you lawn?  My grandmother, bless her soul,  introduced me to this concept many years ago and it might catch on now that we are all staying in. 

Spring, especially this strange spring, is the time to venture out on that most intimate of foraging trips — your yard — in search of edible weeds. The weather is still cool, but the sun is shining long enough that many wild plants are thinking of spring. And spring brings flowers. Time is ticking, because most lawn edibles are not very tasty once they flower. 

Basically, when picking wild salad greens, if it looks more or less like a dandelion or escarole leaf and it is growing in a rosette in your yard, it’s probably edible.

 

Pick a leaf and take a bite. It should be a little bitter, but not overpoweringly so. Pull the whole plant if you can — that way you get your weeding done at the same time you are preserving the leaves.

 

Elvis wrote a song about it which I find quite interesting reading the story behind the song.  The weed is edible but needs special handling.  

Be Careful

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Check out this web site, which was my source on other edible weeds.    thank you very much.  

Edible weeds.

 

 

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