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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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