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Offline BJ_BOBBI_JO

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  You might be saying What?! Weeds?!

Yep weeds. There are many safe and healthy weeds to eat and I would like to learn more about them.

Do any of you have any recipes for your favorite weeds? I will share a few but I don't have any fancy kinds of recipes.


Wild carrot AKA Queens Ann's Lace

-You can batter and fry up the white flowers of this plant
-You can eat the root raw or cooked. Smells and taste like regular carrot plants.
-You can eat the flowers raw

Weed Salad

I like to go out and gather fresh weeds to mix in with lettuce and other veggies for a healthy salad. Here are some ideas for a mixed healthy salad of weeds and the more recognized veggies:

-red clover flowers ( the ones that look kind of purple pinkish)
-dandelion leaves
-wild grape leaves
-lambs quarter leaves
-white clover flowers
-garlic mustard leaves
-chicory flowers
-wild carrot roots

 And throw in some berries, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, nuts, seeds, avacado, grapes, and lettuce and ya got yourself a good healthy salad.

Adding wild carrot flowers and golden rod flowers in the salad would add color but I dont prefer eating those 2 raw. But I can and have before.

 I have company coming over so I have to go but please someone feel free to share your weed recipes. I am hoping to learn more ways to eat safe and healthy weeds.

Oh and weeds are FREE! FREE FREE FREE. Why not love free healthy safe foods? FREE  ;D



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Re: How to eat weeds: recipes and uses for wild foraged ingredients
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2008, 05:50:27 PM »
Here is a link to Wildman Steves weed recipes.

http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/

scroll the left small screen down to " cooking" and then click on "plant recipes"



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Re: How to eat weeds: recipes and uses for wild foraged ingredients
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2009, 04:40:53 PM »
How do you use your WILD FORAGED ingredients?  Share your successful adventures of preparing and eating foraged provender.

I was just making some chicken vegetable soup with what was left in the pantry and fridge.  I didn't have anything green to go in and it looked sort of sad :( and unappetizing :-X

Then inspiration hit; there are dandelions in the yard!

It was a big hit with the family.  All the kids thought it was delicious!

I don't have accurate measurements but here are the ingredients:

homemade broth (big pot)
yellow curry paste (tablespoon)
brown rice (uncooked, about a cup)
potatoes (6 or 7 small)
carrots (5 big)
onion (one big)
garlic (?)
fresh sage from the herb garden (12 leaves)
dandelion greens (maybe 15 small plants)
salt & pepper
sprinkle of cayenne
a couple of shots of balsamic vinegar
chicken (1/2 of a deboned)
flour slurry to thicken if desired

I mixed the broth with the curry paste and brought to a boil.  I added the rice and reduced temp so simmer.  When I figured the rice was 1/2 done, I added the potatoes and carrots and onion and garlic.  When potatoes are almost tender, add dandelion, seasonings and chicken.  When it returns to a boil, stir in slurry to thicken and adjust seasonings when it has thickened.

This was a delightful balance of flavors.

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Re: How to eat weeds: recipes and uses for wild foraged ingredients
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2009, 06:32:26 PM »
I've put steamed nettles in white sauce before, then pored it over corn bread.  Mmmmm, it was so good!

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Re: How to eat weeds: recipes and uses for wild foraged ingredients
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2009, 08:14:45 PM »
That sound delicious, SarahLaRae.  I think we will have that for lunch tomorrow.

I am also thinking of making a foraged kimchi with cow parsnips, bracken fern shoots, and dandelion.  I have to wait about 8 weeks for the cow parsnips and bracken fern to be ready.  I think I will continue to collect the dandelion and freeze it to get enough while they are young and tender.

I'm excited!

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Re: How to eat weeds: recipes and uses for wild foraged ingredients
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2009, 03:58:22 AM »
Hey, that's a really good idea!  I would never have thought of that!

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Re: How to eat weeds: recipes and uses for wild foraged ingredients
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2009, 04:07:07 AM »
I didn't think about freezing dandelion, good tip!
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Re: How to eat weeds: recipes and uses for wild foraged ingredients
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2009, 06:44:21 AM »
Have you read The Wild Flavor by Marilyn Kluger?  Great book for this topic--takes you through the seasons (Indiana-based, but travels to VT for maple syrup season).  Fabulous recipes, tips on gathering, identifying pictures, etc.

Thanks for the recommendation, Nickole.   :-*