Recipes for other parts of the milk thistle plant can be found. They have a tart, lemon-tasting leaves and are used similarly in cooking. I’ll try eating it. In fact, farmers’ and pesticide companies’ attempts to eradicate pigweed has taken quite an environmental and economic toll. amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; Plantain produces edible leaves and flower/seed heads. All parts of pigweed amaranth are edible: leaves, flower shoots, and seeds. Our wild plantain usually dies back to the ground after heavy freezes, then re-emerges in the spring. The young leaves are tender and succulent. Pulverizing raw stinging nettle in a blender with citrus juice also neutralizes the sting (even without cooking it). Quite like the stronger taste of the older leaves. We haven’t seen confirmation that the roots are edible from credible sources. The leaves, flowers, and seeds of purslane are edible. I came across a very showy patch during a recent outing in Howard County. It is native to Europe which is now available in United States, Australia, New Zealand and others. Wild garlic bulbils/flowers can be harvested in spring. Japanese honeysuckle is considered an invasive plant. Lamb’s quarters about to be made into pesto. Chop and add wild garlic bulbs and leaves with any wild mushrooms (like, add wood sorrel leaves and flowers to mixed green salads. Broadleaf plantain produces flower stalks once mature. Pickled wild garlic – Dig or pull wild garlic bulbs. Interesting to hear that they use the seed fluff to line their nests – certainly seems like a good material for the task. Both produce edible leaves and flower/seed heads. It has now spread to all US states with the exception of some states in the northwest and midwest. Pigweed seeds can be harvested by either cutting entire plant and hanging it upside down over a bucket or placing bags over the mature seed heads. Rumex obtusifolius, commonly known as bitter dock, broad-leaved dock, bluntleaf dock, dock leaf or butter dock, is a perennial plant in the family Polygonaceae.It is native to Europe, but is found on all temperate continents. Closely related to quinoa, lamb’s quarters were one of the most important Native American crops. By Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren – Purple Deadnettle, CC BY 2.0, Link. Share this post. Once you learn to identify your edible weeds, you’ll be able to incorporate loads of new veggies into your seasonal diet. Its stalk and root are edible as well. Perhaps our henbit’s flavor is different due to our particular subspecies or terroir. Yes, many common weeds are edible. the most common one is “cardo mariano” same as my name . In this article, we’re not going to outline all the edible weeds / plants that you’re likely to find in your yard. Get loads of great recipes and wild ideas about how to eat wild food? Curly dock is biennial, while broadleaf dock is a perennial. Henbit leaves, stems, and flowers are edible. Stinging nettle soup is one of our favorite winter/spring dishes, and stinging nettle tea is delightful any time of year. November 19, 2012. It also contains vitamins B1 and B2, and iron.REF, The leaves are famously used to soothe nettle stings and often grow nearby the offending plant. Pleasant, SC, a much warmer climate zone than where we live at the base of the mountains in Greenville, SC. Still other weeds are poisonous. There are many edible docks, but curly dock and broad-leaved dock are the most common in the USA and Europe. Broadleaf plantain leaves have an ovate shape with deeply ribbed veins. The leaves can be eaten any time. We think grass lawns are one of the most absurd, ecologically rapacious landscape designs imaginable. Bittercress is a dainty, cold weather plant that tastes like a mustard green (it’s in the same plant family as mustard). Plantain offers the best flavor in cool – cold weather from fall through spring. Older leaves become chewy and eventually fibrous. Broad leaf dock top, curly dock bottom. If not, you should be angry at your parents for making you miss out on this essential childhood rite. An abundant perennial, flower spikes appear from June to October. Learning how to identify broad leaf dock is important for successful foraging. Plantain, also known as broadleaf plantain (Plantago major), is native to Europe and certain parts of Asia.This perennial plant produces greenish flowers and has … The bulbs are best dug in either late winter (before the plant has started putting energy into leaf growth) or fall (after a full growing season). Mrs. Homegrown. There are species of thistle found in every US state. We see wood sorrel with multicolored leaves. Every part of the dandelion plant is edible: leaves, flowers, and roots. amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; Strain, add honey and/or lemon juice to taste, then serve. The centers of young thistle stems taste like cardoons. Bittercress grows from fall-spring, going to seed as soon as the weather warms in the spring. After decades of chemical and biological warfare, pigweed is now resistant to virtually every type and combination of herbicide that has been thrown at it, from dicamba to glyphosate to 2,4-D. Rumex spp., commonly known as broadleaf dock, cushy-cows, butterdock, kettle dock, curly dock and smair dock, is a species of flowering plant in a buckwheat family Polygonaceae. All Rights Reserved. Stinging nettle tea: pour boiling hot water over 1 cup of chopped, freshly picked or dried stinging nettle leaves. Plantain (pronounced plan-tin) is a perennial leafy plant in the Plantaginaceae family that often behaves as an annual or biennial plant. She’s making our sparkling honeysuckle cordial recipe with these flowers (see recipe below). Pigweed flower shoots can be sautéed or stir-fried. Yellow dock has been used as a multi-purpose plant for centuries. They’re highly nutrient-rich, offer flavorful greens in the middle of the summer when most leafy greens have long since disappeared, and produce a protein-rich seed/pseudocereal harvest as well. I have been eating dock for a while, love it! The leaves, stems, flowers, and seeds of chickweed plants are edible. The leaves on young dead nettle plants are green. Chickweed is one of our favorite edible weeds, because: 1) our ducks enjoy it even more than we do, 2) it grows in dense, lush patches which makes harvesting large quantities of chickweed easy. Measure the quantity of lightly packed honeysuckle flowers (for instance 1 cup), then place flowers in glass jar/container. As you may have noticed from its scientific name, sheep sorrel is closely related to dock (#5 on this edible weeds list) in the Rumex genus. Wild garlic grows prolifically in the southeastern US where we live. R. obtusifoliushas long, broad, oval- to lance-shaped leaves with small greenish flowers that turn red as they mature. Wild garlic grows in the eastern and western US. There’s a band of states in the middle of the country, from the Dakotas down to Texas, where wild garlic is seldom if ever found. Its stalk, root, and seed are also edible. It’s late April, so the henbit in our area is pretty much gone. We love sheep sorrel (and related garden sorrel) so much, that we have another article all about how to grow and use sorrel. Buckshorn plantain leaves and edible flower head. © 2020 - Tyrant Farms. Its Latin name is Rumex obtusifolius. One of the first things to grasp when trying to understand their role is that nature doesn't leave soil uncovered, so docks are one of nature's primary 'wound healers' that grow in response to disturbed, exposed or compacted soil. It’s a great source of food for early-emerging pollinators. Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus) Most fields, waste places, roadsides, and weedy yards are good locations to find yellow dock (aka ~ curly dock, sour dock, narrow dock, garden patience and curled dock. In other areas of the country, people describe henbit’s flavor as having notes of celery and pepper. You can harvest stinging nettle aggressively from the time it emerges until warm weather triggers the plant to go to seed. Older stems are more fibrous and can’t easily be snapped off by hand – at this stage they’re not very good for eating. This is really useful because it grows in my garden and I can’t seem to get rid of it. Tender young leaves and growth tips (including tender new stems) are best. Don’t store bottles out of the fridge or the bottles can explode (refrigeration keeps the cultures dormant which reduces CO2 production). See more ideas about wild edibles, wild food, foraged food. Or that seeds from the milk thistle plant make a delicious tea that has been used to treat liver conditions? Young dead nettle in one of our rock walls. Henbit is one of the earliest plants to flower in late winter – early spring, depending on where you live. The aerial parts are a food source and the roots have strong medicinal values. Lamb’s quarters may be my favorite edible weed since it’s a summer green that produces large quantities of leaves on giant plants. Like grass-fed beef and eggs from truly free-range ducks/chickens, purslane packs a lot of omega-3 fatty acids. Plantain (Plantago spp) can be found in every US state. Curly dock, for example, contains more vitamin C than oranges and more vitamin A than carrots. Stinging nettle can be found in every state except for Hawaii. Description: Broad-leaved Dock is a perennial, aromatic weed. Another great feature is the plant’s size: we’ve had lamb’s quarters plants grow over 6′ tall! Other weeds are edible (and maybe even medicinal) but they don’t taste good. So far it ‘feeds’ the compost bin. Dock can be found in nearly every US state. Even if you don’t have a garden, your yard is probably full of wild edible weeds. Perhaps if dug in the winter and boiled, they could become palatable. Flowers are harvested spring – summer. The last plantain in our yard–the only one which survived the long, brutal summer without water. Broadleaf dock is found throughout the eastern United States, the Midwest, and Arizona. Purslane seeds germinate in the spring and the leaves and flowers can be harvested vigorously throughout the summer. The leaves and flowers of wood sorrel are edible. Due to the plant’s invasive growth habit, consider removing honeysuckle from your yard to prevent its spread and foraging the flowers elsewhere. (We’ve written about chickweed in detail here.). They don’t begin to blush purple until they mature. My mom lives on the coast in Mt. Aaron is the former farm manager at Oak Hill Cafe & Farm, a no-till, permaculture, farm-to-table restaurant & farm located right down the street from his alma mater, Furman University, in Greenville, SC. Dandelion flower wine (tons of great dandelion wine recipes here! Start by knowing that there are a number of varied species, some native and some invasive. There are dozens of species of pigweed amaranth, varying by region. Allow the brew to steep for 30 to 60 minutes. They can also trigger hayfever or aggravate asthma in some people. Want to take your foraging game to the next level? You can use broadleaf plantain as a substitute for lettuce or greens of any type in salads and recipes. Like lamb’s quarters, pigweed is a warm weather crop. Broadleaf Dock, Rumex obtusifolius, is showing itself currently in many landscape and turf settings. Pickled wild garlic (Allium vineale). Use the young leaves in salads and older leaves in frittatas for brekky. amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "tyrafarm-20"; This piece is incredibly short on useful information for something that purports to be about the benefits of docks! Both species grow wild in our yard. Japanese honeysuckle flowers. It looks similar to wild onion, aka Canada onion (Allium canadense) which also grows in most of the US. Bittercress edible parts/uses: The leaves, flowers, and … A syrphid fly foraging a dandelion flower. Purslane thrives in poor soil. R. obtusifolius has long, broad, oval- to lance-shaped leaves with small greenish flowers that turn red as they mature. How to Cook Broadleaf Plantain. Chickweed leaves taste like corn silk. Dead-nettle is a cool weather plant that emerges and blooms as soon as the ground thaws in late winter – early spring. Instead, we’ll do our best to identify a list of the most common and useful edible weeds that you’re likely to have growing in your yard at some point during the year. Ha! I wrote a primer on harvesting and using dock seed flour, including half a dozen recipes … Our ducks, unfortunately, don’t seem to care for it. Hope you’re able to put your thistle to good use. Bittercress is absent only in the coldest, northernmost states. Find out how to ID, grow, forage, and use plantain in our detailed article. Broadleaf Dock has a bit lemony flavor and usually not bitter at all, which I find very tasty. R. crispusas the name suggests has wavy, curled leaf edges with wedge-shaped leaves. Stinging nettle is the bane of many hikers and outdoor enthusiasts’ existence. (Only the driest hottest southwestern and the driest coldest northwestern states are absent of dead-nettle.). Leaves Lower leaves are petioled, may be reddish-veined, flat with a heart-shaped base and very broad, up to 6 inches wide and 12 inches long. Also known as Broad-leaved Dock, Bitter Dock, Bluntleaf Dock, Dock Leaf or ButterDock. Despite the name, burdock (burr dock) is actually in another plant family (Articum spp), though it is also healthy and useful. Wood sorrel is dormant in the winter, but abundant in all other seasons. We like pickled wild garlic bulbs and pickled wild garlic bulbils (the bulbils make an exotic and beautiful garnish). Click here to learn more about our story, and please subscribe to get our freshest content delivered to your inbox! This gives you the unique opportunity to harvest young dock leaves and last years dock seeds at the same time. For a “dryer” (less sweet) honeysuckle cordial, continue to stir daily for up to 10-14 days so more of the sugar will be consumed. Place a bag over the mature wind-pollinated seed heads if you want to harvest their seeds. We also write for Edible Upcountry Magazine, so be sure to check out our articles over there as well! Lamb’s quarters grow in the warm months from spring – summer, before going to seed in late summer/early fall. amzn_assoc_title = "Our Favorite Foraging Recipe Books"; Learn how to ID and use them in recipes to enjoy nutrient-rich, flavorful foods growing right outside your door. Aaron also writes for Edible Upcountry Magazine, WordPress (.com), Daily Harvest Express, and other food and tech-related organizations. One of my favorite ways to make broadleaf plantain is to fry it up with green onions. As the weather warms and the plant begins growing quickly/producing a flower stalk, the leaves become more bitter and fibrous. In our area, dock can grow into an enormous plant. Yellow dock is an ingredient in some herbal toothpastes. Wild garlic is a common weed found in lawns throughout the US. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; Thistle flowers make great sun teas and ferments. Dead-nettle grows in all but a handful of US states. While we certainly empathize with farmers trying to make a profit, one has to scratch their heads at the wisdom of poisoning entire ecosystems in order to kill a traditional food crop that develops resistance to whatever poison you throw at it in order to plant a different food crop (or cotton). The seeds are useful and interestingly, yellow dock seeds are viable for up to 80 years. Broad-leaved Dock are perennial plants that are sometimes known as butter dock, cushy-cows, kettle dock or smair dock. Small, dainty plant habits and mounding plant habits. This patch isn’t in great shape but you can still see the leaf shape, flower color/structure, and square stem. Gather a bunch of honeysuckle flowers, doing your best to keep the whole flower intact. 1 Comment. :) One of the unfortunate side effects of building our soil health over the years is that many edible weeds that grow in poor/degraded soil (like purslane) no longer grow in our yard, so we have to forage them. Both plants are in the Amaranthaceae family, both were important Native American crops, and both are hated by modern US farmers. Sheep sorrel stems are best eaten when they’re still young and tender and can be pinched off with your fingernails. The bulbs, leaves, bulbils, and flowers of wild garlic are edible. Harvest honeysuckle flowers from spring through summer. Regardless of how it comes, it makes a Vitamin-C packed edible plant with a distinctly citrusy flavor. Dandelion greens are best harvested in late winter-early spring before the plant blooms. The leaves, stems, and flowers of purple dead-nettle plants are edible. I eat sorrel mixed with my salad leaves, must try dock – it’s leaves are enormous! Docks have grown in Britain since three ice ages ago, and remains of dock have been found in places where people once farmed, such as the ancient Celts. Bittercress is common in warm-mild states throughout the US. ROUND-LEAVED DOCK Botanical: Rumex obtusifolius---Synonyms---Common Wayside Dock.Butter Dock. Common name: Broad-leaved Dock Latin name: Rumex obtusifolius Other names: Broadleaf Dock, Bitter Dock, Bluntleaf Dock, Dock Leaf, Cushy-Cows, Kettle Dock, Smair Dock Family: Polygonaceae Habitat: Broad-leaved Dock is native to Europe. Here are a few great books we just finished that we recommend you add to your collection: Lastly, we hope our list of 16 edible weeds will have you looking at your yard the same way you look at a produce section in the grocery store. It seems only fitting that pigweed amaranth be next on the edible weed list after lamb’s quarters. Vigorously stir the concoction at least twice per day with a spoon. Another great benefit of plantains: nothing works better to dull the pain of a fire ant or bee sting (at least for The Tyrant and me). Broad-leaved Dock – ( A Perennial Weed). Warning #1: Before eating any plant/weed, always make 100% certain you’ve correctly ID’d it or there could be very serious health consequences. It’s now up to you as to when to stop the fermentation process. Broadleaf Dock (Rumex obtusifolius), also called bitter dock, bluntleaf dock, dock leaf or butter dock, offers an abundance of food and medicine! Food explorer, seed & soil geek, duck evangelist, writer, health nut, and entrepreneur. Daisy – A Foraging Guide to Its Food, Medicine and Other Uses, Rowan or Mountain Ash – A Foraging Guide to Its Food, Medicine and Other Uses. Seed shoots emerge as the weather warms in late winter – spring, and should be harvested while still firm and dense. There are innumerable species of wood sorrel in our bioregion alone, and they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Broad-leaved dock and curly dock has been used in food and medicine for centuries. However, wood sorrel is not closely related to either of these plants. broad-leaved dock (rumex obtusifolius) If this recipe is starting to sound worryingly bitter, don’t fear: I’ve never been a big fan of the bitterness of dandelions (though they do make a mean tonic ) and only really enjoy most dock varieties when very young (with the exception of sorrel), but this recipe tempers them both perfectly. The sorrels will get their own article as soon as possible. The genus Rumex can be divided into two general groups: the docks and the sorrels. BROAD-LEAVED DOCK Rumex obtusifolius. Warning #2: Before eating an edible weed you’ve properly identified, be 100% certain that it has not been sprayed by herbicides or other biocides. Use dead-nettle in mixed-green salads or in dishes that call for cooked greens. The entire plant, including seeds, leaves and blossoms are edible. A veterinary pharmacist we met told us, “I’ve seen animals on the brink of total liver failure come back after addition of supportive therapy and milk thistle.” Silymarin is the primary flavonoid in milk thistle seeds believed to offer medicinal benefits. R. hymenosepalus (wild rhubarb) is common in the desert in the American Southwest. Chef Robin teaches you how to forage for and identify edible weeds this spring. Boil 4 cups water, yellow dock and vanilla for 15 minutes. amzn_assoc_region = "US"; It’s also a stunningly beautiful garnish that gourmet chefs should pay more attention to. Both plants contain oxalic acid which can be toxic if used in excessive amounts. Please be sure to subscribe to Tyrant Farms to see what's in-season out in nature, have fresh seasonal recipes delivered to your inbox and get helpful organic/permaculture gardening & duck keeping tips. Rather than use space in this article ranting about all-grass lawns, you can read our musings on the subject here if you’re interested. It shares a common name with sheep sorrel, and it even tastes like sheep sorrel (lemony). In practical terms, weeds are often non-grass species of plants growing in a lawn where grass is the only plant desired. Most commonly harvested are Rumex crispus (Curly dock), and R. obtusifolius (Bitter or broadleaf dock). I read that Thistle Seed is eaten by Goldfinches and they use the fully stuff to line their nests with. Purslane is also very high in Vitamins E and C. Chickens purportedly love purslane. A gorgeous edible weed that tastes like lemons! This wild edible makes a tasty addition to salsa, pesto, and juices. amzn_assoc_asins = "1510709681,1624143873,1603587187,1603586067"; A young narrowleaf plantain plant breaking dormancy in late winter. Wood sorrel shoot with flowers. It prefers soils with high nitrogen content. We love stinging nettle so much, we intentionally planted this fast-growing “weed” into our garden – read more about stinging nettle and its many uses (including medicinal uses) here. Thistle plants are very spiny, so wear thick gloves when harvesting or processing the plant. Perhaps the simplest definition of a weed is a plant growing in a place where a human doesn’t want it. Small, greenish white flowers appear on tall spikes. Chickweed thrives in cool-cold weather. We chew up a plantain leaf and plop it on the sting. They can be found on lawns, fields, disturbed or waste grounds. Once cooked, stinging nettle loses its stinging ability and becomes a delicious vegetable. Henbit offers a similar taste to dead-nettle: grassy and mushroomy. If you have information about the edibility of dock roots, please let us know in the comments! Broadleaf plantain is a common weed that many people tend to easily recognize yet there is nothing common about this plant. You can make and eat acorn flour, but oak trees aren’t a “weed.”. Roots can be harvested any time. We’ve got good news: the adult version of you can now easily make honeysuckle flower cordial (see recipe below). Above ground leaves stretch to 2′ tall and carrot-like tap roots grow over 3′ deep, especially when growing in rich soil. We can definitely attest to goldfinches loving to eat thistle seed from our plants! The leaves have a strong “greens” flavor and are best eaten young. Some text suggests they should be avoided during pregnancy and when breastfeeding. Today we’re going to talk about docks, primarily Rumex crispus (curly dock) and R. obtusifolius (broad-leaved dock). Same thinking! While some thistle species are better than others, chances are the thistle growing in your yard has multiple edible parts — and potentially even medicinal benefits. The common edible weeds below are listed alphabetically: The leaves, flowers, and seeds of bittercress are all edible. Still searching for my huge Alaskan Bee. Honeysuckle nectar tastes every bit as good as the flowers smell. Both plants are native to Britain and Ireland and naturalised in North America. Think of dock as the love child of spinach and rhubarb or sorrel (R. acetosa), and you’ll get a good idea about the flavor of this edible wild green.So how to go about foraging curly dock? The most common species are Rumex crispus ( the biennial Curly dock), and R. obtusifolius (the perennial Bitter or broadleaf dock). While you’re searching for the name of the bee, hopefully you can enjoy eating some edible weeds. document.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "a86c724be705ecf8e2a6b9d0637efd8e" );document.getElementById("i6418fbb03").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read our blog! Both are delicious wild edible plants, and each group deserves its own article. In your home landscape, we’d encourage you to eat your pigweed amaranth weeds, rather than poisoning them (and yourself). The young leaves and growth shoots of stinging nettle are edible. Not surprisingly, wild garlic tastes more like garlic whereas wild onions taste more like… (you guessed it) onions. Domesticated garden sorrel produces much larger leaves. Did you know that artichokes (bred for their edible flower buds) and cardoons (bred for their edible stems) are types of thistle? Cleaned wild garlic ready for the kitchen. The flowers are the only edible part of Japanese honeysuckle plants. 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