While the taste of dandelions may be a little too different for you to eat often, I want to introduce you to a weed that I am sure will make you smile with its lovely taste and appeal.
Let me introduce my favorite edible weed - Purslane.
Recognize this plant from your own yard?
Purslane has fleshy succulent leaves and stems with yellow flowers. The stems lay flat on the ground as they radiate from a single taproot sometimes forming large mats of leaves.
And this is one hardy plant. It can grow practically anywhere - from fertile garden soil to a rocky driveway. Since it has characteristics of a succulent, it is very drought tolerant, as well.
While some may think this is just a pesky weed, I know better. Purslane is a bit of a delicacy in our family. In fact, when I told my young children I was writing a blog post about Purslane, they said excitedly, "Yummy!"
We honestly enjoy this plant. I think it's leaves taste sweet and a little juicy. I would say the taste is similar to spinach or watercress, but I think Purslane is even sweeter.
We love to pick it and just pop it in our mouths after a little washing. I also think it would be a delicious addition to salads, wraps or sandwiches. It can also be cooked or pureed, but I think you get the best taste and nutrition from eating it raw.
Now, here is one of the best parts - it is jam packed with nutrition!
In fact, fresh leaves contain more omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy vegetable plant and more than in some fish oils!! It is also an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, as well as minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese.
What is there not to love about Purslane? Head outside and go on a Purslane hunt, because you are going to be in love with this weed once you try it.