How Many Edible Weeds?

ceresone(missouri ozarks)January 1, 2009

Can you name? Besides the brambles? I thought this might be a good cold weather garden-related subject.

Theres Lambs Quarter, New Poke, Dock, and Curly Dock, I recently was told Chickweed is edible--what all am I missing?

Anything to get me out of the Garden Catalogs--and can I just buy Tomato Seeds for another year, if I dont plant them?? I need help with my obcession, People!!!!

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helenh(z6 SW MO)

Jerusalem artichoke, something called carpenter's square, (persimmon and mulberry are weed trees).

    Bookmark   January 1, 2009 at 4:46PM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

If we had to live off weeds that were on our own property, we'd have plenty of dandelion greens. lol The site below says you can boil and eat the roots also. We could season them with wild onions or garlic. I'm not sure which one we have but there would be plenty of that too.
Other common weeds in our lawn are narrow leaf and broad leaf plantain, sheep sorrel, wild dock, poke and once in awhile I see Lambs Quarter.
Chicory is edible too. I've never seen it in my own yard but it grows along the roadsides in town. I think it must like asphalt. It has pretty blue flowers.

Here is a link that might be useful: Plants for a Future Database

    Bookmark   January 2, 2009 at 7:45AM
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gldno1

Purslane, mouse's ear (I don't recognize it, but Mom always added some to her greens), dandelion (just a few leaves since it is bitter). These along with the ones you covered, Ceresone, are what Mom would pick each spring.

BTW, tomato seed keep viable for 4 years! So order away. Just seal them in a baggie and keep in the fridge. Lots of garden seeds keep even longer that that.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2009 at 7:57AM
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mulberryknob

All the wild violets are also edible. My favorite is the earliest blooming, the tiny Johhny Jump Up. I pick the whole plant when it has the blooms on it and add them to salads. The little flowers are particularly delicious. Wild Rocket is edible and I don't know if you would call it a weed, but one of my favorite spring greens is watercress.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2009 at 8:30PM
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gldno1

Oh, I forgot watercress. Mine is still green, but a little too short to pick.

I have Johnny Jump Ups so will be trying that.

I don't know if I have wild rocket....that's a new one for me.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2009 at 12:59PM
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mulberryknob

wild amaranth and wild lettuce are also edible when small.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2009 at 6:14PM
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gldno1

Boy, I didn't realize how many there are that I don't recognize.

I am remembering an Arkansas native woman who wrote a book about wild edibles. She went barefoot. I can't remember her name, do you?

    Bookmark   January 4, 2009 at 6:22AM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

I didn't know wild violets were edible. I have a couple kinds in my yard but I don't know what they are. I looked it up on the website below and it gives viola odorata the highest edibility rating.

Here is a link that might be useful: Plants for a Future - Viola

    Bookmark   January 4, 2009 at 7:52AM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

I was reading about morels on the web and one of the sites said cattails were edible. Plants for a Future gives it a edibility rating of 5 (highest rating). It's native to Missouri but I think they're considered aggressive.

Here is a link that might be useful: Plants for a Future - Common Cattails

    Bookmark   March 25, 2009 at 4:09PM
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sunnyside1(z6/SW Mo.)

Maybe there will be a recipe book, "100 Ways To Cook Henbit" -- there's enough of it in my yard to keep everyone alive, at least, for a long time---
Sunny

    Bookmark   March 25, 2009 at 5:12PM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

I was just thinking I should know the weeds better than I do. I especially need to know what the seedlings turn into. I just pulled up something that looks like parsley replanted it then pulled it up again. There is a weed with attractive blue foliage that I would like to identify. I tried eating chickweed raw and did not like it.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2009 at 5:54PM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

lol Helen - I've replanted weeds before too. I'm not sure what either of those would be but you could try posting a photo.
Sunny - we have a lot of henbit too. Dandelions aren't blooming here yet. When they do, the henbit won't be quite as noticeable. If you find that cookbook, let me know. lol

    Bookmark   March 26, 2009 at 6:36AM
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briang2009

Many, many, many
Commonly found:
Lamb's Quarters
Sheep Sorrel
Green Briar
Wild Grape (leaves and fruit)
Dock (leaves)
Wild Carrot (young leaves, deep-fry blossoms, seeds for seasoning
Plantain
Cinquefoil
Cleavers or Goosegrass
Mint
Chamomile
Feverfew
Ground Ivy
Cat Tail
Evening Primrose
Honeysuckle
Mustard
Purslane
Mallow
Poke Salat (must be cooked twice)

    Bookmark   May 5, 2009 at 10:13PM
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Marian_2(Z6 ARKozarks)

Glenda, are you thinking of Ruth Stout?

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   May 6, 2009 at 2:08PM
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Marian_2(Z6 ARKozarks)

I used to hear a lot about Ewell Gibbons. He was into using wild plants for food.
I have the book " Feasting Free on Wild Edibles" by Bradford Angier.
And, " Using Wayside Plants" by Nelson Coon. I am sure both of those books are now out of print, but might be found on Amazon, or E Bay.
I once thought I would like to get into doing that, but the biting bugs deterred me. :-(

I also have a Peterson Field Guide on Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants.
I guess if worse came to worse, I would have the info to cope with it???

Marian

    Bookmark   May 6, 2009 at 2:26PM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

Mo Dept. of Conservation used to sell a book, Wild Edibles of Missouri by Jan Phillips copyright 1979. Some of the edible plants don't taste good; they are for starving people. The part on acorns was funny; they taste bad evidently.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2009 at 10:11PM
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gldno1

Marian, It wasn't Ruth Stout, I can just see the woman, she also wove baskets, looked native American but that might just because she wore her hair long or braided. I could be wrong; it was many years ago I saw her on PBS TV.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2009 at 11:42AM
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Marian_2(Z6 ARKozarks)

Glenda, I think I vaguely remember her too....I don't know what we could google to find her.
Oh me...I just remembered. I have her book! It is/was Billy Joe Tatum!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2009 at 8:26PM
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