With all the pesticides and other methods of keeping weeds away, simply eating them seems like a much more sustainable way of looking at these pesky plants. The following list consist of plants that grow almost everywhere, whether you live in the city or the country, and need no care to thrive, unlike most plants.
1. Garlic Mustard
This weed is found all over the Northeastern United States, and tends to prefer shady spots. Eat it after taking off the flowered tops.
2. Poor Man’s Pepper
Like entry 1, Poor Man’s Pepper is also part of the mustard family. This weed is also common in the Northeast, but can be found elsewhere, too. The leaves taste like horseradish, and it used to be a popular substitute for real pepper throughout history for those who couldn’t afford the real thing.
3. Field Pennycress
Another mustard, both the flowers and leaves are edible.
4. Yellow Wood Sorrel
Yellow wood sorrel is commonly found in partially-sunny, woodland areas. It tastes sweet and lemony.
5. Wild Violet
Wild violets taste a bit like lettuce, making them a good choice for salads.
These familiar plants are best before they grow the fluffy tails in late spring. The stalks are similar to cucumbers in taste, but peel the skin away before eating. The roots and flowers are also edible.
7. Common Mallow
This is a milder-tasting weed, with leaves that also work well in salad. The seeds are also 20% protein, making this weed seriously nutritional.
While anyone with a lawn may detest the dandelion’s ability to take over a grassy area, they contain high levels of calcium, potassium, iron and manganese. Use the flowers in salads, or blanch whole dandelions to alleviate the bitterness. The roots can also be roasted to make caffeine-free coffee.