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Boy the edible weeds are looking fantastic at the moment. Chickweed is so lush and nutty tasting and the new dandelion leaves are broad and lush --- have made dandelion Pesto ----- beeeeeauuuutiful!!!!! and the milk thistle in our salads. Another weed  {don't know what its called but found it "once" on the net and is the basis of our savory " Feta and Weed Pie " ---- I could live on it with my mulberry wine.

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If you have any pesto left, you should bring it along tomorrow.  

Milk thistle is something like Sonchus olearaca. Our Basil pesto will make an appearance at Lissa's tomorrow, plenty to take home. We made quite a stack of it.

It'll be a pesto off!  

So long as we're not pestoed off ;-)


Encouraging the growth of and eating weeds has been one of the big eye openers for me since I started growing my own food in 2010. I've been to a workshop or two and was astounded to find out for instance that Cobblers Pegs and Wandering Jew (my acreage enemies) are in fact edible - you can make a form of pepper out of the cobblers peg seeds....a good use for the most annoying thing in the whole wide world. Some of these plants can only be eaten in small quantities.

Chickweed hasn't started coming up in my garden yet - usually a winter plant for me. I know Elaine grows Dandelion for eating.

There's some books about edible weeds too, here's the Weed Foragers Handbook.

We should start a list of edible weeds and any information we know about them - growing season, cautions etc.

Chickweed is winter and there's a maybe-relative (flowers look similar) which grows in the summer and has sticky seeds. It's OK to eat but (for a weed-lover like me) just the biggest pest. Cobbler's Pegs are a single plant easily pulled out. This thing is low-growing self-layering enthusiastic-seeding with a huge fibrous root mass and a nice weak stem which breaks off before the roots come out of the ground. Although leaving the roots in a good thing generally.

I have Solanum nigra growing in my yard, basically a native solanaeae that I have been eating the ripe black berries off since I was a kid.

I've just done some searching on the net and the unripe berries can be toxic to kids, so I think they need to go!

Somewhere I read that the fruit stems (the petioles) are toxic as well, whether the fruit is ripe or not. A cat I knew adored the berries and munched them often.

How odd. Animals will eat the darndest thing sometimes. The dogs and I lay on the couch eating Lima beans together yesterday after every one had gone home. Hugo won't come at them, but the girls just love them.

I gave the dogs some chicken soup with some other kind of large bean in the other day and turns out at least one of them didn't chew these.  Brought them all back up again as undigestable.

Hi, there are a few varieties known by the name deadly nightshade, all are edible (berries and leaves) and are a common potherb throughout Asia and Africa. Some plants are reported to be be more bitter tasting, it is not recommended you eat copious quantities of these.

It was starting to take over too much useful place in the backyard anyway. It will probably come up again - more of a novelty for eating than anything. You never get enough berries to be more than a mouthfull.


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