(WellnessNova.com) – It’s that time of year again when delicious food are beginning to appear in the garden and planting lines of dirt are beginning to look more like an organized plan. Inevitably, vegetables come with weeds and a lot of time is spent to pull them out and transport them to the compost.
But is everything really going to throw useless? You probably already know dandelions are edible and great in salads and indeed all parts of the plant, including the roots are useful and have health benefits.
There are actually a number of other edible weeds in your garden that is often overlooked. These weeds are not only tasty, but is also high in a number of vitamins and nutrients.
Therefore slow down before going to the compost! Here is a list of the five main edible weeds in your garden and how to identify them.
No, not the banana banana-like you’re used to seeing in the supermarket. This plant shares the same name as the banana-like fruit but that’s where the common ground ends.
Plantago major is a low-growing weed with broad hard leaves that have thin ribs or stringy fibers. You’ve probably seen in your weeding or walking about a million times. It is so prolific and resilient, it comes through the cracks in the pavement, on the lawn and garden.
Completely taken for granted by many, actually this plant has a rich and long tradition of being used for medicinal purposes in many cultures around the world, including Native Americans.
can be cooked into a tea and is said to help various stomach ailments, including heartburn and indigestion. It has been used as a poultice to treat many different skin diseases and rashes and insect bites and stings, poison ivy and burns and cuts.
There has been number of scientific studies carried out on the many benefits of banana and it seems that there is nothing that does not help or cure. Each part of the plant including the seed has some kind of healing property and yet most people completely ignore their existence.
The easiest way to eat banana is either steamed or pan fry like kale or eating less sensitive leaves in a salad. It is said that the taste a bit like Swiss chard and greens contain high amounts of vitamin A, C and K.
Chickweed is another prolific weed that likes to emerge in the shadow between the rows of a garden. His tender little leaves crawl low to the ground and has small white flowers. He likes the soil has a balanced pH and so when it arises, is a good indicator of the health of the soil in your garden.
A beautiful plant, but quite invasive, this weed is often pulled out and chucked in the compost heap without thinking twice. However, this plant has a deep history as a source of food and valuable health tonic.
Archaeological evidence already in the Neolithic period in England has demonstrated the presence of chickweed at home and Greek 1st century used to visual and hearing problems . Is said to be helps in weight loss and has even been used as a treatment for tuberculosis .
chickweed is great in salads. Its small delicate leaves are not very strong in taste, but contain vitamins A, B and C. Some people thinks that tastes slightly like raw corn. a good addition to the lettuce leaves or kale is made and can also be very lightly steamed, but be careful not to overcook.
Purslane or Portulaca is another fairly low plant growth that has small teardrop-shaped leaves with an almost rubbery texture. Its leaves resemble the jade plant species and stems are dark reddish brown. They like summer temperatures and dry soil.
This plant is native to India and was Gandhi favored food of . Interestingly, purslane is of great nutritional benefit for vegetarians because of their fatty acids omega-3 . Purslane contains EPA and DHA, which is most commonly found in fish. also contains high amounts of ALA or alpha-linoleic acid, found in plants.
also contains vitamin A in very high quantities , as well as vitamin C.
purslane has been used for centuries as a green salad and can also be Sofrito or soups. It has a light and crispy texture and a little pepper, almost salty taste. Give it a try next time you see it! It is even possible that in your local market customers farmers.
4. Chenopodium album
Chenopodium album or Chenopodium album is easily recognizable by its goosefoot shaped leaves and is even sometimes called goosefoot. The leaves can also have a light coating of white powder that appears.
is related to quinoa and beets , but his most recognizable cousin is spinach and is also similar in flavor. It grows in patches near rivers and streams, is a weed garden prolific and durable and is fairly easy to find throughout Canada and the US ..
contains many vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A and C and manganese , iron and calcium. A cup of Chenopodium album contains 73 percent of their recommended daily intake of vitamin A and 96 percent of your recommended daily vitamin C!
soft and versatile, use it anywhere you would use spinach. Put it on a salad or saute lightly with a little olive oil and salt and a little garlic. Throw it into a smoothie! Just eat this weed.
What can be said of nettles? So misunderstood! This herb has an unfortunate name and most people are taught from an early age to avoid, or risk of an itchy rash. But nettles have some amazing health benefits.
nettles of many varieties have been used for thousands of years to treat internal and external bleeding and for its qualities of blood purification. Prepared as tea, nettles have also been shown to provide relief to people suffering from hay fever. Nettle tea has also been found to help with stomach problems such as diarrhea and bloating and is also used to stimulate milk production in nursing mothers.
Nettle has also been an effective treatment for people with urinary and prostate problems and the root is also used to treat high blood pressure in some European countries.
But how to handle this difficult weed? Gloves are key, of course, and the best is that, once the leaves are cooked, they lose their small fine needles. Boil for three or four minutes and then put them in an ice bath. Once cooked, they can be used for variety of dishes , chopped and added to soups and even pizzas.
To make nettle tea simply add a cup full of leaves a few cups of water in a pot and boil and sweeten with honey if desired.
Weeds are not all bad. They can be healthy and inexpensive source of nutritious vegetables.