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11-19-2007, 11:20 AM
Can anyone direct me to a website with good color photos of common backyard weeds suitable for eating?
11-19-2007, 02:41 PM
Sorry I don't know of any, but Shazzie has a video on youtube where she picks some stuff from here garden. It's the first in the Superfoods are for Real series.
11-19-2007, 06:01 PM
I attended a class given by Samuel Thayer and his book is called The Forager's Harvest; A guide to identifying, harvesting , and preparing Edible Wild Plants. The illustrations are very good. You can check you local library for a copy.
11-19-2007, 09:11 PM
I don't know of a website. I bought a book on it and decided not to try picking and eating stuff if I wasn't sure what it was. I came very close to eating a buttercup and they're poison!
11-19-2007, 09:14 PM
Victoria Boutenko and her Raw Family have done alot of work in this area. Go to TheRawFamily.com. There might be a way to contact them directly.
11-20-2007, 07:49 PM
You might do a search on:
Portulaca oleracea (purslane)
Chenopodium album (Lamb's-quarter)
Just be careful that they haven't been sprayed. :eek:
11-21-2007, 07:02 AM
Deborah Mars wrote a book on Dandilions and their nutritional and medicinal benefits. I just ordered one. You can try the library or go to Amazon and order used. During the depression dandilion leaves were the salad of substitue. Find a yard like mine that I haven't fertilized and is loaded with dandilions. A lawn that has a lot of nightcrawlers is usually an indicator that theirs not to many harmful chemicals in the lawn. Look for worm holes. Drives my wife nuts but this spring their going into my blender. Now typing this has put me on the path to look up the nutritional value of clover. Move over Betsy. I'm even going to look up the different plants and their nutritional that sportman are buying seed for Wildlife food plots for big bucks.
I might plant a food plot for this buck. Antler growth is dependent on minerals.
11-21-2007, 09:56 AM
ha ha ha ...
11-21-2007, 03:41 PM
My breakfast this morning was a smoothy
hand full of dandilions with the roots (with yellow flowers from my back yard bout 12 of them)
4 large red hibiscus flowers with pollen and the bottom green removed.
1 large rose burgandy red from my front yard. (only the pettals)
4 x 4 filet of a very large Aloe Vera plant ( this was from central market)
large handfull long sprouted sunflower seeds
cup frozen blue berries
cup frozen mixed berries
5 dates for sweetness
YUM ! its a bit n the bitter side bbut I love the great happy feeling I get ALL day long from this power smoothy !!!!
11-21-2007, 06:18 PM
You might try e-mailing Organic Gardening Magazine..
In the past they have featured articles on foraging, as well as deliberately growing the more common "weeds" such as purslane. lamb's quarters, dandelion, burdock, etc..
Domesticated dandelion seeds are available commercially, but I cannot remember now the name of the seed company(ies) that sell them..
11-21-2007, 06:26 PM
Thanks for all your great responses! I have learned a lot from you all.
I guess the correct term is "Wild Edibles". :D
11-22-2007, 08:39 PM
I think the following link is what you are looking for. There is a lot of very good information on this site and I believe there were some video clips and links to similar websites.
11-23-2007, 11:26 AM
I went to the thread and found much of what I was looking for.
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