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2014-03-30 09:31:53 AM  
*sigh* I still miss Euell Gibbons.
 
2014-03-30 10:09:56 AM  
Yet the smokable is also edible.
 
2014-03-30 10:11:48 AM  
A stalk of corn in my garden would be a weed
 
2014-03-30 10:13:17 AM  
Just because you 'can' doesn't mean that you 'should'.
 
2014-03-30 10:13:17 AM  
I already knew about the dandelions, but the others are news to me.
 
2014-03-30 10:16:01 AM  
Go ahead, eat weeds and brush and dirt and filth.  See if I care.
 
2014-03-30 10:16:59 AM  
I grew up spending the summers on my grandparents stable outside Chicago and i use to eat clover all the time. Didn't know what it was called until now. It was a delicacy to the horses so there was never any in their pens. I would pick it and bring it to the horses. One day my grampa said it was edible and i went with it. It has a mild sweetness to it when fully ripe. Good stuff.
 
2014-03-30 10:17:59 AM  
I'd rather save those clovers and dandelions for the bees.
 
2014-03-30 10:21:16 AM  
I don't have a problem with eating that stuff in theory, or if I came upon it in a rural area.   My problem is all the expensive weedkillers and fertilizers my neighbors spray on everything.  It's the same reason I don't eat fish from a golf course pond.
 
2014-03-30 10:25:35 AM  
I thought chickweed could cause side effects if too much was eaten. I don't remember where I read that.
 
2014-03-30 10:25:41 AM  
Dandelions taste terrible. From all the dandelions that I picked for my mother when I was a kid, I got to know that taste and it's nasty.
I tried purslane last summer. It was.....weird.
I used to suck on clovers when I was a kid.
I've never tried lamb's quarters but I've picked a million of them out of my gardens.
Haven't tried that type of plantain.
No clue what chickeweed tastes like.
Mallow is the devil.
I have no idea what wild amaranth or curly dock taste like.
 
2014-03-30 10:29:30 AM  

strife: I'd rather save those clovers and dandelions for the bees.


Or wine
 
2014-03-30 10:31:01 AM  

katerbug72: I've never tried lamb's quarters but I've picked a million of them out of my gardens.


I have and it's good, no bitterness or other objectionable flavor.  The article is correct that it substitutes for spinach in any dish.  If anything, it's a little milder than spinach.
 
2014-03-30 10:36:04 AM  
Now, I'm definitely a weeds can grow in my lawn guy, but if I have weeds in the garden they're getting pulled out.  Not because I find them offensive or anything but because they're competing with the plants I am intentionally trying to grow and absorbing nutrients in the garden dirt that I want my peppers/tomatoes/squash/broccoli etc to eat.  Weeds in the yard are great for compost because some of them reach much further down than grass or vegetable plants so they pull up different minerals.

I have plenty of clover and plantain in my yard.
 
2014-03-30 10:37:46 AM  
Ha. Merriweather scoffs at your puny list of nine!

http://www.foragingtexas.com/?m=0
 
2014-03-30 10:40:53 AM  
Missing from the list is pokeweed.  Probably because many people are taught that it is toxic.

Which it is, some parts of it more than others (don't eat the root or seeds from the berries).

Still, the leaves taste good cooked and won't poison you (probably).
 
2014-03-30 10:41:36 AM  

elkboy: A stalk of corn in my garden would be a weed


A piece of cloth on my torso would be a shirt.
 
2014-03-30 10:44:29 AM  
 Info on safely eating pokeweed
 
2014-03-30 10:48:10 AM  
When I was a kid, I used to graze the forest when I got hungry and didn't want to go home yet.  There's a wealth of plants that make good snacks if you know what to look for.  I wouldn't touch the weeds in a city, covered with a layer of grime and exhaust.

Dandelion flowers are actually pretty tasty.
 
2014-03-30 11:02:57 AM  
No shiat? I would imagine you can eat pretty much any plants as long as they are not poisonous or give you the shiats.
 
2014-03-30 11:03:49 AM  
I have to pick buckets and buckets of dandylions for a friend who makes wine out of them.
Mead, too, she makes.
We've had amazing salads out of our lawns.
She's got all kinds of herbs growing.
I have mints, clover, plantain, and tons ot berries at my place.
With the deer and turket alone, I could keep a larder full, year round.
It's almost ramp season here, too. Will be filling the freezer with them, and herbs, soon.
I hate to buy it if it's growing wild out back.
 
2014-03-30 11:11:42 AM  
Curly dock is quite good. Chicory also.
 
2014-03-30 11:17:04 AM  
List fails without garlic mustard and stinging nettles. The nettles have to be boiled first to remove the stingers, but it's quite tasty.
 
2014-03-30 11:28:31 AM  

twomutts: List fails without garlic mustard and stinging nettles. The nettles have to be boiled first to remove the stingers, but it's quite tasty.


Yes, one of my brothers lives in rural western Washington and practically lives in cooked stinging nettles throughout the spring and summer months. He's an old school hippie who does all that hunting and gathering stuff, lives in an old travel trailer on a small wooded lot, etc. And no...he doesn't have a woman. The last one left him 20+ years ago. He seems happy, tho, so who am I to judge?
 
2014-03-30 11:36:15 AM  
Eh. I've eaten all that except the pigweed. It's also mostly similar in taste. Purslane is a different flavor and texture similar to very young and tender celery. It grows everywhere around here.

I've found that 2,4-d and a touch of glyphosate and dicamba knocks purslane right out. When applied with a brush or mitt, there is little collateral damage to grass from the glyphosate. That weed will choke and kill off even bermudagrass in large circles.
 
2014-03-30 11:37:30 AM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: elkboy: A stalk of corn in my garden would be a weed

A piece of cloth on my torso would be a shirt.


A piece of leather on my feet would be a shoe.
 
2014-03-30 11:50:12 AM  
They missed rails and butterwort.  Butterwort is very tasty.
 
2014-03-30 11:51:46 AM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: elkboy: A stalk of corn in my garden would be a weed

A piece of cloth on my torso would be a shirt.


A hand on my penis would be a ... well, it would depend on whether the hand was mine or not.
 
2014-03-30 11:52:56 AM  
the brewery here in belize -belikin, makes an awesome sorrel stout. not necessarily a weed but usually unwanted where it is growing.
 
2014-03-30 11:56:50 AM  
There's lotsa foraging books out there. I offer up "Pacific Feast" by Jennifer Hahn, a cookbook for west coast foraging. Ol' Ewell Gibbons philosophy is a live and kickin'.

/The "Sitka Spruce tips" photo in the gallery section is mine.
// no, i don't eat trees, even boiled
///but dandelion greens are a nice change from lettuce.
 
2014-03-30 11:58:11 AM  

twomutts: List fails without garlic mustard and stinging nettles. The nettles have to be boiled first to remove the stingers, but it's quite tasty.


Garlic mustard is one of my favorites! Love that stuff!

Other missing but tasty weeds: sheep sorrel, a similarly-flavored plant I used to call sweet clover but but which apparently is a different variety of sorrel, wild onions, and cattails (depending on if you count cattails as a "weed").
 
2014-03-30 12:11:19 PM  

vudukungfu: I have to pick buckets and buckets of dandylions for a friend who makes wine out of them.
Mead, too, she makes.
We've had amazing salads out of our lawns.
She's got all kinds of herbs growing.
I have mints, clover, plantain, and tons ot berries at my place.
With the deer and turket alone, I could keep a larder full, year round.
It's almost ramp season here, too. Will be filling the freezer with them, and herbs, soon.
I hate to buy it if it's growing wild out back.


I haven't had ramps since before I was 12 years old, (I'm 51). I remember getting on the bus to school and the bus driver asked me if I had garlic for breakfast. The ramps were served the night before. LOL
 
2014-03-30 12:28:01 PM  

SansNeural: Missing from the list is pokeweed.  Probably because many people are taught that it is toxic.

Which it is, some parts of it more than others (don't eat the root or seeds from the berries).

Still, the leaves taste good cooked and won't poison you (probably).


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2014-03-30 12:41:26 PM  

big pig peaches: I thought chickweed could cause side effects if too much was eaten. I don't remember where I read that.


Eat too much of any raw plant or fruit and it will probably give you the runs.

Sour grass has oxalic acid, which can make you sick (kidney issues)in excess. there's huge amounts of it in my moms 2 acre yard, one of the neighbor kids went to town one day on it and she was concerned.
 
2014-03-30 12:44:57 PM  
I was raised by a hippie horticulturist and ate wild weeds and flowers all the time as a kid.

A common one around here is miner's lettuce.

My mom also frequently puts nasturtiums and borage flowers in her salads for color.
 
2014-03-30 12:48:29 PM  

strife: I'd rather save those clovers and dandelions for the bees.


Picking a few plants to eat will not harm the bees. Its the use of chemical weedkillers that is deadly for them.
 
2014-03-30 01:28:56 PM  

SwiftFox: Go ahead, eat weeds and brush and dirt and filth.  See if I care.


In fact, come do it in my yard, every Tuesday.  I won't even charge you a fee for the privilege.
 
2014-03-30 01:29:47 PM  

jwa007: *sigh* I still miss Euell Gibbons.


Me too. He was a childhood hero of mine.  His writings fed into my Swiss Family Robinson I can survive and thrive anywhere fantasies.  I have Stalking the Wild Asparagus and read Beachcombers Handbook a couple of summers ago. I must say, scavenging in Hawaii (as he did in Beachcombers Handbook) sounds a lot tastier than Brooklyn.
 
2014-03-30 01:32:22 PM  

Marquis de Sod: Curly dock is quite good. Chicory also.


NOT chicory. It is evil stuff and belongs NOWHERE near coffee. EVER. BURN IT ALL!

/although the various mints can be nice
//when they stay put and don't try to take over EVERYTHING
 
2014-03-30 01:32:43 PM  
SHHH, dont let Monsanto know you can eat anything thats not made out of corn starch...
 
2014-03-30 01:47:39 PM  

Heraclitus: SHHH, dont let Monsanto know you can eat anything thats not made out of corn starch...


Dem "wild" 'erbs? Well they've have gone and darn tootin' mixed in with our Monsanto™ stock.  Monsanto™  is a trademark and protected by copyright meaning dem "wild" 'erbs are Monsanto™ 'erbs. Now pay the nice lady, destroy all dem "wild" Monsanto™ 'ebs, or we'll see you in court and dem "wild" 'erbs will be destroyed.
 
2014-03-30 01:48:46 PM  

TheOther: Just because you 'can' doesn't mean that you 'should'.


THIS

Some of those are NOT meant to be eaten in large quantities. Any article like that that puts the lame excuse for a disclaimer at the end also sucks.

That said the SO made Korean steamed buns last year with dandelion greens. Yummy. And I'm making garoic mustard pesto soon cause screw garlic mustard.
 
2014-03-30 01:51:18 PM  

o'really: I was raised by a hippie horticulturist and ate wild weeds and flowers all the time as a kid.

A common one around here is miner's lettuce.

My mom also frequently puts nasturtiums and borage flowers in her salads for color.


Shh. Don't tell people how awesome Borage is.

I'm amazed I don't see it in more gardens. Bees f--king LOVE it (well that could be a reason but you want pollinators, right?). I've frozen flowers in ice cube trays and I might try candy-ing them this year.

My bunny flipping loves Nasturtium flowers too.
 
2014-03-30 01:52:53 PM  
Speaking of jerk invasives, anyone have any good burdock recipes? I'm gonna need em.
 
2014-03-30 01:58:36 PM  
Back when I signed up with my daughter for the Y's "Indian Princess" program, I had a nice herb garden growing out back.  I took a turn hosting a father/daughter meeting, and it was the host's obligation to provide some sort of educational entertainment.  So while the "Big Braves" sat around inside, I took the "Little Princesses" out to see, crush and sniff the leaves of various herbs, all neatly planted and labeled.

And then I passed out sandwich bags for them in which to place their samples.  They all go charging back inside to show Dad.  All the Dads looked down at the baggies containing green herbs, then back up at me.  Some laughed, and some just shook their heads.  Oops.  Hadn't thought about, from that perspective!
 
2014-03-30 02:02:59 PM  

DigitalCoffee: Marquis de Sod: Curly dock is quite good. Chicory also.

NOT chicory. It is evil stuff and belongs NOWHERE near coffee. EVER. BURN IT ALL!

/although the various mints can be nice
//when they stay put and don't try to take over EVERYTHING


I wasn't talking about the roots

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2014-03-30 02:34:37 PM  
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2014-03-30 02:45:31 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Speaking of jerk invasives, anyone have any good burdock recipes? I'm gonna need em.


Try some kinpira gobo maybe?
 
2014-03-30 02:56:28 PM  
I don't know about eating stuff that comes out of the ground. I mean, it's in the dirt. It doesn't even have a face. Now, if things that grew out of the ground had a face...and not just like talking trees, I mean probably no flora with a face would talk, THAT would be weird, no, talking is probably right out, but if the weeds mewed a little, or if your carrots shrieked a bit that would be normal and you could eat them right up. Where would the vegans be then if the dandelions started barking or just staring at you in an accusing way? It's a shame we can't just eat rocks.
 
2014-03-30 03:43:29 PM  
I've tried Euell Gibbons' "wild asparagus" (young cattail shoots) and they are quite good. Also tried the cattail "corn cobs", and the yellow pollen that can be also be gathered. All good. Never have tried messing with the roots which are supposed to a good source of starchy material that can be eaten, but it sounds like too much trouble, plus you have to pull up the plant which may affect the cattail population in that area.

An added plus, where I have found my cattail crop, just out of the swampy area, there are passion flower vines. I guess you can eat them, but I make a soothing tea from them. Supposedly, one can smoke them and achieve a mild high. I'd just as soon have the tea and a nice relax.

Locally, I have harvested elderberries (I know, I know - my breath smells of elderberries), dandelions, poke salat (Poke salat Annie is a great song IMHO), and stag horn sumac. Probably some other stuff that I can't think of at the moment (been smoking passion flowers.)

I would like to hunt for morels some time, but haven't yet. Hunting ginseng would be fun too, but I think you may need a permit if in a National Forest.

At any rate, foraging is awesome, but growing a garden, hunting and fishing are also all nice ways to have tasty fresh food that doesn't come from a corporate store. Farmers markets are pretty cool too if an old fart like me doesn't run you over.
 
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