Many of those plants that we called weeds are weeds simply because of their superstar survival skills. Wouldn’t you like to have a little bit of that superpower for yourself? Here are some of the lawn weeds that you can eat:
1. Plantain – This little leaf is a common sight in lawns. Plantain is a medicinal plant that works very well as a poultice if you get stung, scraped, or just itchy. It is best to eat raw plantain early in the season, before the leaves get thick and stringy, but you can also steam those older, larger leaves. Plantain leaves are full of vitamin A, C, and calcium.
2. Red Clover – Clover is excellent livestock food, and it’s an important food for the honeybee colonies as well. It’s also food for people. You can eat cloverleaves, and they’re especially good when they’ve been steamed. If you’d like to eat them raw, make sure you pick them before the plant actually flowers.
3. Sheep Sorrel- Sorrel is a common name for many different plants, often very different. Sorrels are sometimes a little sweet and often very sour, and they’re a lovely addition to a spring or summer salad. It has leaves shaped like arrowheads, and is full of all sorts of good stuff, including potassium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Sorrel has been used as a folk treatment for cancer for many years.
4. Dandelions – If you’ve ever had a salad at a fancy restaurant in the spring time, chances are that it may have contained something you’d consider to be a weed. Dandelions are a springtime delicacy. Best eaten in the spring before they get bitter, the leaves are excellent in salads, and they’re full of beta-carotene. The brilliant yellow flowers are also edible. Dandelions are amazing plants, and every part of the plant is edible and medicinal. Dandelions contain protein, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and B vitamins, and they’re one of the top five most nutritious green vegetables. And all this from something that you’ve been pulling out the lawn for years.