what common weeds are edible

You might be surprised to learn that a lot of garden weeds are actually edible! That's right, contrary to popular belief, most garden weeds aren't poisonous and can actually be used to make a variety of tasty dishes. Curious to find out which common weeds are edible? Just keep reading...


1. Stinging nettles

stinging nettle

There aren't many people who've had a good experience with this common weed, in fact, they can deliver a pretty nasty sting if you get too close. If you want to get your own back on this nasty weed, why not make it into a delicious soup? Stinging nettle soup is made using the leaves of the plant and is packed full of iron. Just be sure to pick leaves that are higher off the ground so that they're less likely to have been contaminated by dogs or other wildlife.


2. Nasturtium


These brightly coloured little flowers have a tendency to grow up fences and trellises in our gardens. Did you know they have a delicious peppery flavour that makes them a great addition to salads? If you spot this "weed" growing in your garden, be sure to give it a try!


3. Chickweed


This common weed produces tiny white flowers and tends to grow in amongst our lawns. We're sure you've seen it once or twice! While you might not usually look to your lawn for a leafy snack, these little plants can be added to salads, sandwiches or soups and taste a bit like spinach. Chickweed is a great source of magnesium and potassium, so keep your eye out for it.


4. Purslane


Purslane is lovely weed with large, flat leaves. It's rich in omega-3 and boasts a citrus flavour that complements asian food and seafood perfectly. Purslane grows in direct sunlight so be sure to keep an eye out for it in sunny spots of your garden.


5. Horseradish


While you might not deliberately plant horseradish in your garden, it does have a tendency to crop up from time to time. If you're a fan of horseradish sauce on your roast beef, you can dig up the root of this tasty plant and make it yourself.


If you feel inspired to try eating some of the common garden weeds in your garden, we always recommend double checking the species and ensuring they're washed and thoroughly cleaned.

A better option would be to start your own herb or vegetable garden, so you know what you're eating is safe. For those of you who'd like to tackle your garden weeds in a more traditional way - we've got you covered!

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