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The 5 Healthiest Backyard Weeds

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Great article borrowed from Sarah Outlaw from Real Food Outlaws Blog

“A major part of achieving optimal health is living in partnership with nature. Growing your own food is a great way to rekindle this connection with nature. But have you thought about eating plants that grow wild—perhaps in your own backyard?

Some “weeds” can be delicious if prepared properly, and they are absolutely free.

In a recently published article, Live Science collected some easy-to-identify healthful weeds. Here are the 5 healthiest backyard weeds:

  • DandelionThe entire plant is edible, and the leaves contain vitamins A, C and K, along with calcium, iron, manganese, and potassium.
  • PurslanePurslane tops the list of plants with omega-3 fats.
  • Lamb’s-quartersLamb’s-quarters are like spinach, except healthier, tastier and easier to grow.
  • PlantainNot the better-known banana-like plant with the same name. It has a nutritional profile similar to dandelion.
  • Stinging NettlesIf you handle them so that you don’t get a painful rash from the tiny, acid-filled needles, these are delicious and nutritious cooked or prepared as a tea.

This is of course how our ancestors ate. They hunted and gathered, and ALL of it was wild. And by all accounts, they were far healthier than we are.”

 Read more here:  The 5 Healthiest Backyard Weeds 


Author: Nurse B.

I love getting my hands dirty working on greening projects around NYC. With a background in program management and environmental education, I work with others to create learning opportunities for our youth. I advocate for holistic living through consumer awareness and community activism.

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