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

Please start a NEW DISCUSSION for each weed to keep the information in one place.


"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.


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

YAM DAISY Microseris lanceolata - Murnong

Started by Lissa. Last reply by Sid Saghe Nov 11, 2019. 4 Replies


Started by Lissa. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Sep 30, 2017. 11 Replies


Started by Lissa. Last reply by Christa Jul 19, 2017. 2 Replies

New Item on ABC about eating weeds

Started by Elaine de Saxe. Last reply by Lissa Feb 26, 2017. 1 Reply

PURSLANE Portulaca oleracea

Started by Lissa. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Dec 10, 2015. 7 Replies

Identifying Gotu Kola and Native Violet

Started by Elaine de Saxe. Last reply by Florence Oct 26, 2015. 20 Replies

Gotu Kola

Started by Susan Cook. Last reply by 2oek01pse79uh Oct 2, 2015. 7 Replies

PLANTAIN Plantago lanceolata

Started by Lissa. Last reply by Lissa Sep 30, 2015. 10 Replies

Hemlock Conium maculatum

Started by Lissa Sep 22, 2015. 0 Replies

Sun Rose, Aptenia cordifolia

Started by Jane. Last reply by Lissa Jan 9, 2015. 5 Replies

FISHWORT Houttuynia cordata

Started by Lissa. Last reply by Lissa Jan 6, 2015. 5 Replies

Elderflowers are starting

Started by Rob Walter. Last reply by Lissa Nov 10, 2014. 11 Replies

Get Your Greens, Eat Your Weeds

Started by Lissa. Last reply by Lissa Jul 17, 2014. 2 Replies

FAT HEN Chenopodium album

Started by Lissa. Last reply by Lissa May 14, 2014. 4 Replies

Edible Weeds with video

Started by Lissa Mar 27, 2014. 0 Replies

PRICKLY PEAR Opuntia ficus-indica

Started by Lissa. Last reply by Lissa Mar 17, 2014. 7 Replies

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Comment by Lissa on January 9, 2017 at 5:41

If anyone hears of any edible weed workshops around Brisbane in 2017 please share :)

Comment by Lissa on January 8, 2015 at 4:47

No doubt you all keep an eye on the Events listings for upcoming workshops. Just wanted to make sure you were aware of this coming up at Yandina. EDIBLE WEEDS AND HERBS

Comment by Lissa on January 6, 2015 at 19:43

Can you do a bit of information and pic under "Discussions" Jane? If not, I'll do some research at the weekend and do a little write up.

Comment by Jane on January 6, 2015 at 17:33

Sun Rose, Aptenia Cordifolia,

While not a weed in Qld it is in some states, I've had it in my garden for years & only just discovered its edible, fleshy with quite a nice salty taste.

Comment by Lissa on July 17, 2014 at 5:18

Thanks for your thoughts Elaine. It's not Rocket and it's not Mustard. Has no real flavour to speak of. Hairy rough leaves. Doesn't look like any Dandelion I've ever seen.

I've nibbled on it a couple of times now and I'm not dead so I assume it's edible!

Will wait for the flower.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 16, 2014 at 8:42

Could be a mustard if the leaves are rough and taste mustardy. Or could be what's commonly called 'dandelion' but is not the true dandelion … you'll know for sure when it flowers. The false dandelion has a branched flower spike, the true dandelion has short single flower spike.

Or rocket - again taste the leaf, rocket has a smooth leaf.

Comment by Lissa on July 16, 2014 at 4:59

Can anyone help me identify this plant? Many plants self seed themselves around my garden and this one has come up in a crack between some timber and cement.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 16, 2014 at 20:36

Looks like it Jane. If you're familiar with native violet, the Gotu Kola is similar but with more angular leaves. And the native violet has a definite violet-type flower usually white and purple. Not seen GK flowers.

Comment by Lissa on May 16, 2014 at 18:13

The ground cover I have under the clothesline looks awfully like my Gotu Kola. I keep forgetting it's name! I'll try to get a pic tomorrow.

Comment by Jane on May 16, 2014 at 17:22

Thank you John, just wanted to be sure before I offered it to others in our gardening group. also for your notes on how to use it.


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