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Old 03-20-2017, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Crook County, Illinois
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I don't know if a wild-growing fruit tree counts as a weed, but I love eating mulberries. They come in dark red (black when ripe) and white. They taste like really sweet raspberries. Most people don't even know they're edible, so more for me. (I ask permission if picking them in a friend's yard, obviously.)
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:36 AM
 
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definition of weed .......any plant growing where it is not wanted.


Thus corn is not considered a weed, but if it is growing in a field of soybeans it is and needs to be killed.
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:48 AM
 
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Purslane is also a weed and I buy them too. Very good for you. Indians and Mexicans eat this weed. It's growing in my garden too, but I buy for bigger leaf type.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:36 PM
 
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is poke salad a weed ? .. had plenty of it growing up ....
I was going to mention that. I'd love to try it, but only see it when it's big and old. I've eaten wood sorrel, oxalis, from the yard.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:50 PM
 
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is poke salad a weed ? .. had plenty of it growing up ....
I have "Polk Salad Annie" by Tony Joe White on my computer favorite list
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Old 03-20-2017, 01:50 PM
 
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I've also had purslane and sheep sorrel.

I made a salad with the Henbit and chickweed I pulled today. I will pass on Henbit in future, not crazy about it in any amount more than a nibble. Stuck some dianthus petals on it.

Back outside for more weeds!
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:08 PM
 
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A weed is just a plant that grows where you don't want it.

Every single food item that we grow today was once "wild" or a weed. Human beings bred them to be more of what they already were - to have more edible seeds, to taste better, to have bigger fruit, to be stronger and less likely to fall over in a heavy rain or high winds.

That said, I grew up gathering "weeds" for poke salad. If I NEVER see another poke salad I'll be just as happy. Dandelion greens and all the rest taste awful. I no longer remember even a fraction of the plants I was taught to gather for salads, and I don't regret that a bit.

EDIT: BTW - We called it "poke salad" because it was made up of whatever you could find and put in your "poke" - eg bag or sack.

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Old 03-20-2017, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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Default ID this weed? Is it an edible?

I came across this in my yard today. I've been interested in trying some edible weeds, so I've been familiarizing myself with some of the more common types.

Any idea what this might be, and is it edible?

Thanks!











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Old 03-20-2017, 05:54 PM
 
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Can't help with the photo. Seems I've see the leaves before but don't know what it is.

I can't call my flowers "weeds" but a number of them are edible. I used to have a flower-eating day back when we had little folks playing here.

Some years ago I knew where wild plums grew and got permission to pick them to make jelly. It was so good That was an ambitious project that I probably won't do again.

Soon it will be time for my two favorite forage items - ramps and morels. Can't wait!
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:25 PM
 
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Dandelion.


And this thread tickled my lyrical synapse for a more obscure Three Dog Night song that mentions dandelion wine and of course their great harmonies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjER0mkB_kA


I'm sure at some times I've eaten other 'weeds' when traveling that other cultures put in salads/ sautéed mixed greens.
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