Many of our common weeds are perfectly edible and highly nutritious. Early spring is the best time to be eating these edible weeds, when they are at their most tender.
A Weed is just a plant growing somewhere we don’t want it to. Weeds could also be defined as plants we haven’t found a good use for yet. Many are highly nutritious edible perennials. Here is a list of some of the best UK edible weeds – versatile, tasty, nutritious, sustainable and free!
Dandelion (roots, leaves)
Chickweed (leaves, stems, flowers)
Purslane (leaves, stems)
Clover (leaves, roots, flowers)
Nettle (leaves, seeds)
Daisy (leaves, flowers, roots)
Wild Garlic (leaves, stems, flowers)
Garlic Mustard (leaves, stems, flowers, seeds, roots)
Dock (leaves, stems)
Ground elder (leaves)
Sorrel (leaves, stems)
Thistle (roots, stems, leaves, flowers)
Cleavers/Sticky Willow/Goosegrass (leaves, stems)
Rosebay Willowherb (leaves, flowers)
*IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT YOU NEVER EAT ANYTHING UNLESS YOU ARE COMPLETELY SURE WHAT IT IS AS SOME PLANTS ARE POISONOUS AND IT IS EASY TO CONFUSE EDIBLE AND POISONOUS WILD PLANTS. MAKE SURE ALSO THAT YOU KNOW THE CORRECT WAY TO PREPARE YOUR PLANTS AND HOW MUCH IS SAFE TO EAT. YOUR OWN RESEARCH IS REQUIRED BEFORE COLLECTING AND EATING WEEDS*
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