When it comes to some weeds, if you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em.
Weeds are among many gardeners’ biggest challenges and dealing with these pestilent plants can be tedious and back-breaking. However, there are actually garden-variety weeds that are edible so if you are looking for ways to put them to good use, well, put them on the table.
This list presents 7 common weeds that can be eaten. These can add rustic flavors to your dishes but please be careful. Before you start to feast on a weed, it’s always a good idea to ask a knowledgeable person to identify it.
Now on with the list…
The lowly dandelion. It is known all over as a stubbornly persistent weed that invades gardens and lawns. It is also the most known edible weed. The leaves of the dandelion are rich in vitamins A, C and beta-carotene.
The first European settlers actually introduced the dandelion to the U.S. as a salad green. And indeed, the tender leaves of the spring dandelion are sweet and make a flavorful salad. The flowers are also edible though mildly bittersweet in taste. The greens can be sautéed or boiled and seasoned with salt and butter. You can also make dandelion wine.