eating your weeds

SmurfishyMarch 5, 2012

One website said you shouldn't use herbs that weren't grown for the intended purpose. In my case I find myself buying dandelion roots/leaves that soon will be prolific in my yard. I don't use fertilizers or pesticides, must I really keep from harvesting them?

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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

If you can positively ID it and the location isn't contaminated in some way, why shouldn't you harvest and use such weeds/herbs? What can be better for you than things from your own soil that you have harvested with your own hands?


    Bookmark   March 5, 2012 at 4:01PM
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auxin(z7a Wa)

The warning was likely in regards to poisonous pesticides and antifungals being used on plants for sale. Many "ornamental" plants sold are treated with chemicals not safe for human consumption even if the herb in question is a food or medicine with 8,000 years of human use, lol. It lessens the cost of producing plants if poison can be used.
Thats why people are told not even to eat 'ornamental' chili peppers and 'ornamental' kale.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 2:43PM
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Go ahead! Eat your dandelions! They are much better first thing in the spring and definitely before they bloom. Once that happens they are unbelievably bitter. Some people cover them with a board so that they are blanched. Of course that will probably diminish the vitamins.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2012 at 10:45AM
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If you are going to eat them,any weed/herb, then you may want to put them in a pot of organic compost. You will get bigger, better & more plant parts that way.Dandelions are tougher the summer lettuce.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 11:34PM
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Wild foods tend to have greater nutritional and medicinal; value than cultivated plants. As long as they are harvested from a non-contaminated area, go for it! I wild-harvest most of my food in the summer and wouldn't dream of trying to cultivate the wild. Just imagine the difference between an animal in the wild and an animal in a cage...this is the difference in vitality you get between cultivated and wild plants.

I strongly disagree with the suggestion to pot up what you intend to eat. What makes Dandelions so nutritious is their tap roots that mine deep into the soil to draw up minerals. Once you pot up the plant, it has only what small amounts are in the potting mix, plus the stress that comes with pot culture. It seems like a waste of time and effort to pot up what is already thriving on its own.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 11:50AM
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The only real problem with your herbs is what might be on your soil. Check to see if your area has radioactive or chemical problems from industry or the Government. If no, the harvest away.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 1:51AM
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