Edible Wildplants

13 Wild Weeds for human consumption

By Katrina Blair at Turtle Lake Refuge

Wild plants are nature’s first reaction to any disturbance; pioneer plants. At the same time they do the same to our bodies. Deep ecology says that there is no boundary between inner and outer environment.

  1. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)dandelion
    Flowers and leafs for salad
    Flowers for lemonade
    Roots roasted for coffee
  2. Mallow (Malva neglecta)mellow
    whole plant edible: salad, soup, spice
    root ground for milk
    ground greens for hydrating skin
  3. Dock (Rumex crispus)dock
    young leafs for salad
    seeds as cereal, bread
  4. Thistle (Carduus, Cisrisum, Sonchus)thistle
    Flowers as chewing gum
    blend leafs for highly alkalinizing smoothy
    Root chai tea to generate the liver (blended)
  5. Plantain (Plantago major)plantainweed
    leafs for healing skin, itches, stings (chew it up and put it on)
    seeds for chewing
  6. Amaranth (Amaranthus retroflexis)amaranth wild
    seeds for cereals, high protein (all 8 essential amino acids) with flax seeds
  7. Purslane (Portulaca oleafera)purslane
    groundcover highest in fatty acids
  8. Clover (Trifolium dasphyllum)clover
    nitrogen fixer
    leaf for smoothy or dried as tea
  9. Mustard (Nasturtium officinale)mustard
    leafs for salad
    flowers in water
  10. Knotweed, Wild Buckwheat (Polygonum knotweedbistortoides)
    flowers and leafs as salad
    chips out of smart weed (other variety of the same)
  11. Lambsquarters (Chenopodium album)lambsquaters
    wild spinach (super high minerals)
    seed is a quinoa like complete protein
  12. Chickweed (Stellaria crassifolia)chickweed
    helps to get rid of any excess
    good for skin with oil
    greens for salad
  13. Grass (Poaceae)grass
    all can be made to « wheatgrass »; you can chew and spit the fibers