For many years, many people have removed plants that are considered “weeds” from their gardens. What they do not know is that long ago many of them were used in cooking because they are edible plants that contain important nutrients.
Although not as popular as traditional herbs, they are edible. Some even have exotic flavors that taste good in many different dishes. Therefore, you should let them grow instead of weeding them out. Do you want to try them? Take a look at the following 8 edible plants:
1. Wild beet (Beta vulgaris)
Wild-growing beets can grow in both fertile and semi-fertile areas. It is common to find it in uncultivated gardens and along roadsides. There are several different varieties.
- This plant contains a lot of vitamins and minerals, even more than the cultivated variety of leaf beet.
- In addition, it is less likely that there are any chemical pesticide residues.
Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)
Nettle is a plant used in natural medicine since it has the power to help with many health problems. However, the leaves can burn you, which is quite strange for an edible plant. After it has been boiled at temperatures above 60 ° C, the burning substance disappears and becomes edible.
- Boiled nettle can be added to soups, enchiladas or potato dishes, for example.
3 – Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Juniper is one of our edible plants. Juniper is a tree with needle-like leaves and blue-colored berries. People used to use these berries to make gin, but today few use junipers. You can use these berries as spices for stews, meats and sauces.
- Harvest some junipers and add them to the mentioned dishes for a very appealing woody aroma.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Dandelion is a perennial plant that grows just about everywhere. You can eat both the flower, the leaves and the roots, but the leaves are most commonly used.
- These leaves can be used as a salad ingredient.
- You can decorate your dishes with the yellow leaves from the flowers.
5. Gossip cabbage (Aegopodium podagraria)
Gossip cabbage is one of our edible plants. This wild plant is originally from Central Europe, but has been in Norway for a long time, and is known for its white flowers. It is hated as a weed because it is difficult to get rid of. However, the newly sprouted leaves are good in taste and can be used in salads.
- You can use it to make pesto or use it in a soup.
6. Silene vulgaris
This “weed” is not completely forgotten. It is still used in certain Spanish recipes. It grows around cultivated areas, and it used to be difficult to get rid of. However, most of it is today eliminated by herbicides. The young leaves can be used for cooking, and the taste is a bit like spinach, although they have nothing else in common.
- It is often used in omelets and can be used in salads or even cooked, just like any other leafy vegetable.
7. Chenopodium album
This plant grows all over the country. It has a straight stem and can grow up to one meter high. It is actually one of our oldest food plants, and seeds were found during the excavation of the Oseberg ship.
- The leaves are edible, taste good in salads and can be prepared in the same way as spinach.
- The stem of the young plants can be used as asparagus. When the plant grows large, the stem becomes too hard.
8. Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Wild fennel grows along roadsides in Mediterranean countries, but it is also a cultivated variety. It is a high-fiber plant that needs to be cut into small pieces before eating. It can be mixed with green sprouts, pasta, legumes and more.
- The anise flavor adds a fresh taste to salads.
- Juice can also be added to improve digestion.
- The seeds are perfect for flavoring certain dishes.
Important: Before eating any of these edible plants, make sure they are the right ones. You should also find out how to cook them and what parts are edible. If they have grown in an area exposed to chemicals, it is best not to eat them.