We have this stubborn patch of alfalfa growing by our patio, and I figured I would put it to good use this year and juice it. Checking around the internet, I've learned that alfalfa is very nutritious, full of minerals to help things such as joint pain and hair loss, and the name 'alfalfa' means either 'king' or 'queen of all plants' (two different sources!).
I plan to pull up as much alfalfa as I can, and cut what I can't pull, rinse it well, and juice it with my vitamix by tearing it up, flowers and all, and tossing it in the container with enough water to blend and then straining it with a nut milk bag. Then I plan to pour the juice into little individual yogurt cups and freeze it for winter (I was going to use ice cube trays, but I actually don't have any, and happen to have an abundance of yogurt cups to be used next year as seedling pots!). The juice might degrade due to being frozen in plastic, and the fact that it's being frozen, but come winter, I'm sure I'll be relishing the green goodness!
Now, this got me thinking about doing the same with other weeds in the garden. We have a bumper crop of Western Salsify (which is yellow-flowered) this year, and I've been leaving it because I want to harvest the roots come autumn, but they're seeding right now and the close-minded neighbour is starting to give me tight-lipped looks, so I need to do something about them now. Has anyone had any experience juicing salsify, or other yard weeds, for that matter? I've been searching this forum and the internet for any info on juicing salsify, but haven't come across much - they are used for their roots, though common (blue-flowered) salsify appears to be eaten leaves and all. In any case, I need to at least lop off the seeding heads of the plants, whether I juice them or not!
If anyone has experience with juicing weeds, I'd love to hear about it!
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