Go Wild for Food

Save money and prepare delicious, out of the ordinary meals by harvesting the weeds from your yard and property.

Dandelion greens can be cut or pulled up and added to a variety of foods. Photo by Getty Images/gjohnstonphoto.

Do you ever get bored with the same old recipes? Me, too.

So what’s the solution to a ho-hum meal? Hint: It’s in your backyard.

The red clover growing in your grass? Sprinkle the flowers in your salad. The fresh spruce tips on your tree? Toss them in a rice dish or your morning omelet. The wild sorrel flourishing near your garden? Add it to your soup.

Spend a little time foraging, and your meals will never be boring again. Best of all, you didn’t have to plant them or weed them or water them. These wild, tasty, and nutritious weeds take care of themselves — and they’re free.

Let’s face it: Gardening can be a lot of work, so if you can find free food in your yard, you can save yourself time, effort, and money. Sign me up for that! I’ve been interested in foraging for years. I even attended a few wild edible and medicinal workshops with local experts, but then never harvested a single specimen from my own backyard. What a waste!

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Every year we enjoy amaranth and purslane cooked for greens and recently chickweed has been sprouting up all over the place to add to salads when picked young and tender. We bought seed and intentionally grew 2 tubs of the little wild alpine strawberries--the flavor is amazing and there are new volunteer plants in the garden every year!

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