Introduction to Edible Weeds


[This article is reproduced from Hello Little Weed offering Edible Weed Walks, Talks, Workshops in Melbourne and the Yarra Valley].


What is a weed?

Some plants are definitely weeds, and others are not… right?

Some plants that we think of as weeds todaywere not considered a weed in the past. A weed is a plant which is dangerous? Poisonous? Unattractive? Not native? Inconvenient? OR simply a plant growing where we don’t want it.

Some plants we think of as weeds where we live, or in our community, are not considered a weed in other cultures or countries.

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”  –  Ralph Waldo Emerson, Fortune of the Republic, 1878

“A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.” –Doug Larson


 (photo – clover)


Why consider eating edible weeds?

Don’t we have enough abundant sources of food? Isn’t it a pain foraging for weeds? Surely they taste pretty ordinary? Surely they aren’t nutritious? How on earth would I cook them? Only people who can’t afford ‘real’ food would eat edible weeds, wouldn’t they?

Why the renewed interest in Edible Weeds? Because they are…

  1. Abundant – they grow everywhere!
  2. Free – just find them and pick them!
  3. Easy – they grow without any effort from you!
  4. Nutritious – many are more nutritious than things you grow in your veggie patch!
  6. Many of these plants have been eaten or used for their medicinal properties for thousands of years. In many countries some are still considered delicacies today!


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