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:
- If you donʼt know what it is donʼt eat it. Learn to identify plants that are edible and get to know those that are poisonous. The best way is learning from a local expert. Second best is from books and the internet.
- Make sure the plants you harvest are not sprayed or from contaminated soil.
- Sample new edibles in small amounts to start with; if you have no adverse affect after some time a little more can be eaten.
- Get permission if harvesting from someone else’s property.
These are some of the most common edible weeds found in New Zealand and many other countries:
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Amaranth, Green or Purple
Clover, Red and White
Dove’s Foot Geranium
Lambsquarters or Magenta spreen
Red Dead Nettle
Sow Thistle, Milk Thistle or Puha
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