Monthly Archives: April 2012

Herbs You May Already Be Growing

Some herbs growing in your yard you may think of as weeds.   Many of these plants are high in essential fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins and the growing and harvesting are free. Be sure these plants are correctly identified and not growing in a contaminated location (near roads or where there is pesticide or other chemical exposure).  Ask permission before harvesting on private property. You can sometimes purchase seeds if they are not already growing on your property.  I planted Miner’s Lettuce at my current home when I moved in 5 years ago and then found it already growing on the property.

Plants mentioned in this article include purslane, dandelion, stinging nettle, and plantain.  Some other highlights:

  • Many varieties of wild plants offer great nutritional benefits.
  • Purslane might be the richest source of plant-based omega-3 fats, as well as being loaded with vitamins A, C, and E.
  • Even a high-quality, nutritious wild plant or herb can cause an unexpected reaction in some people. Try them one at a time and in SMALL amounts to see how your body is going to react.
  • It’s a good idea to compile a library of books and field guides about wild edibles, as well as familiarizing yourself with toxic look-alikes to avoid. There is even a wild edible iPhone application to help you on your quest.

Read more: The Hidden Food In Your Yard

 

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