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TOOLS FOR IDENTIFYING WEEDS

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

Elderflowers are starting

Started by Rob Walter. Last reply by Lissa Sep 3. 7 Replies

FAT HEN Chenopodium album

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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

BLACKBERRY NIGHTSHADE Solanum nigrum

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

CHICKWEED Stellaria media

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Horta recipe

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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 coolowl 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 coolowl 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 John Ward on May 16, 2014 at 18:01

A pleasure. I just eat it straight up or in a salad (4 or 5 leaves a days) or pop it into my jucie or smoothie mixes

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.

Comment by John Ward on May 16, 2014 at 17:15

Thats it Jane............munch away :-)

Comment by Jane on May 16, 2014 at 16:48

Here is the plant I think is gota kola, its just growing wild in my garden

Comment by Elaine coolowl on May 13, 2014 at 19:44

Ah that's good to know, John - I had wondered. Sometimes when you start to pamper something the flavour and I suppose the medicinal qualities change.

Send that pic into BLF Jane, we'll all see it and be able to comment.

 
 
 

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