You can actually eat some of the common weeds growing in your lawn or garden but you have to be careful to make sure that they have never been treated with a herbicide, pesticide or any other kind of chemical, you also have to be careful about which type of weed you eat because not all weeds are edible and some can be very poisonous but some are really nutritious and have great health benefits.
Eating weeds is not something new it has been around for a very long time but somehow the science of eating plants or weeds was lost in time and most people don’t even know that they are edible much less which types. Many weeds are even used as medicine or topical treatments for lots of different ailments and if you grow them yourself they can be an inexpensive solution to your health problems or just help to keep you healthy.
Dandelion greens are a good source of vitamin A, C and K and they are a good source of calcium, they also provide more iron than spinach and they have lots of other nutritious qualities. Our ancestors knew that dandelions have a great medical benefit that is why they brought them over from Europe. They were and hopefully still are used to detoxify the liver, reduce inflammation, as a diuretic and may even be used to help level out blood sugar. Just about everyone knows that you can eat the leaves but not many people know that you can actually eat the whole plant. The flowers are best when they are young and the root of the Dandelion can be made in a coffee like beverage or used in a stir fry. You should pick Dandelion leaves before the flowers bloom; that is when they are the least bitter and you should also pick the flower when it is very young for the best taste.
Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is another common weed that most people find invasive and are unwelcome in their lawn and garden but what many people do not know is that it is a very healthy weed to eat. It contains the very important omega 3 fatty acids that everyone should have as well as vitamins A, C, some B and carotenoids. It also has dietary minerals, magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron. In traditional Chinese medicine this amazing weed was used to treat infections, or bleeding of the genitor-urinary tract and dysentery. You can also apply it topically to relieve sores, insect bites or some snake bites. You can use this delicious weed in salads, stir fries or cook it like spinach, the possibilities are endless with a little imagination and you may want to think twice about pulling this weed from your lawn or garden and tossing it into the recycling bag or can, you can eat it instead and enjoy all the healthy benefits this weed has to offer.
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