Eating Weeds - A List Of Edible Weeds In Your Garden

A Bowl Of Weeds
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Did you know that you can pick wild greens, also known as edible weeds, from your garden and eat them? Identifying edible weeds can be fun and may encourage you to weed your garden more often. Let's take a look at eating the wild outdoor greens you have in your yard.

A Caution on Edible Weeds

Before you start eating the weeds from your garden, make sure you know what you are eating. Not all weeds are edible and some weeds (flowers and plants as well, for that matter) are highly toxic. Never eat any plant from your garden without first knowing that it is edible and whether it is toxic or not. Also note that, just like fruit and vegetable plants, not all parts of edible weeds are edible. Only eat the parts of edible weeds that you know are safe to eat.

Harvesting Edible Weeds

Edible weeds are only edible if the area you will be picking them from has not been treated with chemicals. Just like you would not want to eat vegetables from your garden if you have sprayed many unsafe chemicals around, you do not want to eat weeds that have been sprayed with lots of unsafe chemicals. Pick weeds only from areas where you are certain they have not been treated with pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. After harvesting wild greens, make sure to wash them thoroughly.

A List of Edible Weeds and Wild Greens

Your yard and flower beds hold a wealth of tasty and nutritious wild greens. These edible weeds can add some interest and fun to your diet and weeding chores. Learn more about how weeds can be a good thing in this video:

Heather Rhoades
Founder of Gardening Know How

Heather Rhoades founded Gardening Know How in 2007. She holds degrees from Cleveland State University and Northern Kentucky University. She is an avid gardener with a passion for community, and is a recipient of the Master Gardeners of Ohio Lifetime Achievement Award.