Name that weed?
Since there has been a lot of talk lately about edible weeds, so I thought it would be fun to start a thread about weed identification. So here's how you play. Post a photo of a weed that is growing in your yard that you have been wondering about and see if there are others here who can give you clues as to what it is.
Disclaimer Please do not just take anybody's word for what a plant is. Use the information you get here to give you clues so that you can do your own verification. You are responsible to know what you are eating.
Here is the first contestant I have a lot of this growing on my property, and I'm hoping it is something I can juice, but I have no idea what it is.
Also these are easier to see on my photobucket page.
Last edited by delmar; 06-09-2012 at 08:10 PM.
I can't see the picture well on my mobile but if no-one has helped identify it by Monday, I'll check it out at work.
Last edited by MysticTree; 06-09-2012 at 12:39 PM.
I have those too - and I'm thinking not edible.
I have looked into the edible weeds, and I eat the lambsquarters and purslane that I've find in the garden. Dandelion, of course.
compare your first one to this. I think goldenrod.
Second does look like lambsquarter.
I think we may have a winner! I will know better when it flowers I guess.
Originally Posted by streetsurfer
lambsquarters are high in oxalic acid, so be aware of that. Could be better to have `lamsquarter sprouts' instead.
Originally Posted by delmar
Why not buy a simple weed book, or do a google search for `edible weeds' and see what comes up. l find it is helpful.
Other good weeds are cheese weed and stinging nettle (makes a nice flavour in your juice).
I don't have a pic tonight (maybe tomorrow) but I will pose the question looking for an answer. I know it.....
What weedy plant has huge leaves of 1-2 feet in width/length, with seeds that will attach to your clothing or your pets fur and were the inspiration for a modern day fastener, and of which one can we eat the roots for it's blood cleansing and diuretic properties (sold in some stores and even has a soda made from it)?
Last edited by streetsurfer; 06-10-2012 at 08:25 AM.
yes yes, weed books are great, and who could get by without google, but I thought this would be fun. Plus those tools are easier to use if you have more clues to work with.
Originally Posted by Mr Raw
Other good weeds are cheese weed
and stinging nettle
(makes a nice flavour in your juice).
What do the flowers look like? You can usually identify the family of plants from the flowers. What is the sap like? Milky, gooey, watery?
We have these ALL over our back property too delmar. Quite prolific.... :/
This should be a fun thread, thanks delmar. I have a couple I may post later.
At a quick glance of your first entry, I am thinking goldenrod. Get it away from me, though . If so, t's one of my "off the chart" hayfever allergens, lol, ahhh-choo.
Last edited by streetsurfer; 06-09-2012 at 04:29 PM.
I remember those. No idea what they are though. I can see why you are hoping to juice them, they look juicy!
That would explain why I couldn't ID it.
No idea so far, I just recently started paying attention to such things.
Originally Posted by MysticTree
I'll try to check that out in the morning and report back.
You can usually identify the family of plants from the flowers. What is the sap like? Milky, gooey, watery?
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