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A place where we can discuss edible weeds, post pics and information.

If you can, please start a NEW DISCUSSION for each weed to keep the information in one place.

Some wisdom about weeds:

"When foraging for weeds make sure to do some research so that you know that what you are picking isn’t poisonous and remember to only pick weeds from places that you know haven’t been sprayed.

The best place to start is your own backyard."

A weed can be defined as a plant growing where it's not wanted. What is considered as a weed in one culture may be an important source of food or medicine in another.

Top 10 rules from the Weed Foragers handbook:

1. Identify your plant beyond a shadow of a doubt.

2. Pick young Picking the fresh young leaves at the growing point of the plant will generally give you a milder, jucier leaf with few fibrous bits.

3. Pick tender For the same reasons as above, choose plants that look healthy and are growing in good soils with available moisture.

4. Pick green before flowering As with most plants, weeds become much tougher and more bitter after they start to flower.

5. Avoid stems They can be touch and fibrous.

6. Be mindful of pollutants These could include traffic fumes, stormwater run-off, polluted water bodies, industrial pollutants, and lead pain flaking from house walls.

7. Be mindful of herbicides Check your local laws to be sure, but most councils require that sprayed areas are marked with signs. Some municipaliaties colour their herbicide with dye.

8. Be persistent Don't be put off by one experience with a weed that's been too tough, sour or bitter for your taste. It may taste quite different growing in a different spot.

9. Experiment with ways to use your newfound culinary ingredients.

10. Relish the experience!

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Video on making a green smoothie using weeds. Adam Grubb.

Discussion Forum

Get Your Greens, Eat Your Weeds

Started by Lissa. Last reply by Lissa on Wednesday. 2 Replies

FAT HEN Chenopodium album

Started by Lissa. Last reply by Lissa May 14. 4 Replies

PURSLANE Portulaca oleracea

Started by Lissa. Last reply by Lissa Jan 5. 4 Replies

TRAD/WANDERING JEW Tradescantia fluminensis

Started by Lissa. Last reply by Elaine coolowl Dec 16, 2013. 4 Replies

Cobbler's Pegs-like Plant

Started by Elaine coolowl. Last reply by John Ward Oct 29, 2013. 8 Replies

SWEET VIOLET Viola adorata

Started by Lissa Sep 22, 2013. 0 Replies

NETTLE Urtica urens

Started by Lissa Jun 5, 2013. 0 Replies


Started by Lissa. Last reply by Rachael Jun 5, 2013. 9 Replies

CHICKWEED Stellaria media

Started by Lissa. Last reply by Vanessa Collier May 20, 2013. 6 Replies

Horta recipe

Started by Lissa May 7, 2013. 0 Replies

RIBWORT Plantago lanceolata

Started by Lissa May 7, 2013. 0 Replies

Comment Wall

Comment by Lissa on May 7, 2013 at 5:05

I'm currently hunting for someone knowledgable to run a workshop or field trip for us. Any suggestions welcome )

Comment by Lissa on May 7, 2013 at 8:03

Any idea what this might be? It's a little limp after being carted around on my walk this morning.

Comment by Lissa on May 9, 2013 at 5:33

Thanks Elaine! Looked so much like a relative to dandelion to me, Asteraceae family, but this one is poisonous. Just goes to show how careful we have to be before eating anything found wild.

Senecio madagascariensis contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids and is poisonous.[7] Horses, cattle, and other livestock are at risk. Symptoms of poisoning from fireweed include gradual weight loss, jaundice, fluid in the lungs, blindness, sudden death without any other indications, aimless wandering, muscular coordination, twitching of the head muscles, abdominal straining, rectal prolapse, and irritability.

Dept of Ag Fisheries and Forestry info

I dan't find any informationa about human consumption but would think it was NOT edible.

Comment by Lissa on May 9, 2013 at 8:52

Elaine - I was about to copy and paste your comment identifying the Fireweed and have accidentally deleted it!

Didn't even know I could do that to someone elses comment. So sorry. Do you know where you got the info from?

Comment by Elaine coolowl on May 9, 2013 at 10:13

When you're the 'owner' of a group you have admin rights on that group. If you do 'copy' rather than 'cut' ... 'cut' does just that, takes the highlighted text out. You can do CntrlZ to undo. Anyway ... I'll re-do it. It was from the 'Weeds of Southern Queensland' book.

Comment by Lissa on May 9, 2013 at 14:42

No, didn't cut, simply hit the red delete cross by mistake.

At least I can't delete by mistake in the general forum then!

Comment by Lissa on May 14, 2013 at 7:29

I have received my new book Weed Foragers Handbook in the mail, by Adam Grubb (brother Ben is a member of BLF and does street foraging tours) and Annie Raser- Rowland.

Yet to read it but hope to post some useful info with it's help.

Comment by Lissa on May 15, 2013 at 7:48

Found Sow Thistle Sonchus olerceus and what I'm pretty sure is Fat Hen Chenopodium album while I was walking this morning.

Have roots and all for the Fat Hen and hope to get it growing.

Comment by Lissa on May 20, 2013 at 6:35

I have been in contact with an incredibly knowledgable gentleman by the name of John Wrench. John is a retired TAFE teacher and botonist amongst other things and he's keen to do some outings with us. He wants to do it "right" so has warned me that I won't hear from him for a couple of months while he puts together either a workshop or, more likely, an outing.

Comment by Lissa on June 14, 2013 at 8:36

Does anyone know what this weed is? It's coming up all over my yard at the moment.

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