It’s green, it’s delicious, and it’s… your lawn?
Would you eat your lawn? No, I’m not really talking about grass, although you could eat that in a pinch. I’m talking about all of those healthful plants that you might want to remove from your lawn. But wait! Before you pull out that dandelion, read on.
You Can Eat Lawn Weeds
Many of those plants that we called weeds are weeds simply because of their superstar survival skills. Wouldn’t you like to have a little bit of that superpower for yourself? Here are some of the lawn weeds that you can eat:
1. Plantain (Plantago major): This little leaf is a common sight in lawns. It’s a medicinal plant that works very well as a poultice if you get stung, scraped, or itchy. It’s best to eat raw plantain early in the season, before the leaves get thick and stringy, but you can also steam those older, larger leaves. Plantain’s full of vitamin A, C, and calcium.
2. Red Clover (Trifolium pretense): Got clover? Well that’s lucky! Clover is excellent livestock food, and it’s an important food for your honeybee colonies as well. It’s also food for people. You can eat clover leaves, and they’re especially good when they’ve been steamed. If you’d like to eat them raw, harvest your snack before the plant flowers.
3. Sheep Sorrel (Rumex Acetosella)
Sorrel is a common name for many different plants, often very different. Sorrels are sometimes a little sweet and often very sour, and they’re a lovely addition to a spring or summer salad. I like to collect sheep sorrel. It has leaves that are shaped like arrowheads, and it’s full of all sorts of good stuff, including potassium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Sorrel has been used as a folk treatment for cancer for many years.
4. Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale)
Ever had a salad at a fancy restaurant in the spring time? Chances are that it may have contained something you’d consider to be a weed. Dandelions are a springtime delicacy. Best eaten in the spring before they get bitter, the leaves are excellent in salads, and they’re full of beta-carotene. The brilliant yellow flowers are also edible. Dandelions are amazing plants, and every part of the plant is edible and medicinal. Dandelions contain protein, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and B vitamins, and they’re one of the top five most nutritious green vegetables. And all this from something that you’ve been pulling out the lawn for years.