Edible Weeds

Weeds are often thought of as undesirable, but some of them happen to be superfoods, packed with nutrients we all need. It is VERY IMPORTANT however, that you identify weeds carefully before eating them.

The golden rules for enjoying wild edibles responsibly are:

  1. If you donʼt know what it is donʼt eat it. Learn to identify plants that are edible and those that are poisonous. The best way is learning from a local expert. Second best is from books and the internet.
  2. Make sure the plants you harvest are not sprayed or from contaminated soil.
  3. Sample new edibles in small amounts to start with; if you have no adverse affect after some time a little more can be eaten.

These are some of the most common edible weeds found in New Zealand and many other countries:
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Alpine Strawberry
Indian Strawberry
Amaranth, Green or Purple
Catsear
Chicory
Chickweed
Cleavers
Clover, Red and White
Creeping Mallow
Cress
Dandelion
Dock
Dove’s Foot Geranium

Fathen
Galensoga
Heartsease Pansy
Hedge Mustard
Herb Robert
Lambsquarters or Magenta spreen
Oxeye Daisy
Plantain
Purslane
Red Dead Nettle
Scarlet Pimpernel
Self Heal 
Sheepʼs Sorrell
Shepherd’s Purse
Sow Thistle, Milk Thistle or Puha
Speedwell
Stinging Nettle
Storksbill
Twin Cress
Violet
Wall Lettuce
Yarrow

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