Pineapple Weed

Pineapple Weed

Pineapple Weed

You may have seen this plant in your yard and discounted it as a weed without checking into its scent or usefulness.  Pineapple Weed Matricaria discoidea has ferny leaves like chamomile and a dome shaped yellow flower.  When the leaves are crushed or rubbed they smell like pineapple.

The flowers are sometimes used to make herb tea – either alone or mixed with other herbs.  The leaves can be added to a salad although they may taste better if harvested before the plant blooms.   Pineapple weed is also used medicinally.

Pineapple weed is an annual flowering plant that can be found in North America (this photo was taken in Seward, Alaska), England, Europe, and Asia.

Cautions:  Always be sure to correctly identify foraged plants before use.  Only harvest from areas that have not been exposed to pesticides, automobile exhaust, and other pollutants. Those who are allergic to flowers in the daisy family may have a reaction to Pineapple weed.

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Posted on August 4, 2012, in Chamomile, weeds and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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