For folks that don’t spray weed killer and pesticides on their yards you can have some fairly good foraging at this time of year. It is violet season, eat your weeds. Not only violets but also dandelions can be eaten. Violets flowers are edible and the leaves can be made into tea. The dandelion can all be eaten. The flowers can be eaten and used in various herbal remedies, the leaves can be added to salads and even the roots can be eaten.
This article explains all about the benefits of the violets. They contain bot vitamin C and vitamin A and The Herbal Academy tells us how to use the flowers, the greens. By mixing the greens with other herbs you can mix up teas for a spring tonic, a calming tea and a mineral rich tea. The thing I like most about foraging for weeds is the fact that I have no need to wonder if they are gmo or where and how they were raised.
I know what I don’t put on my lawn so I know that what grows there is not poisoned. If you don’t have violets that come up every year you can plant some or some seed and trust me they will re-seed and come back. I know a lot of folks don’t like weeds in their yard but if you are trying to avoid gmo foods this is one way to eat real food and weeds survive most everything because they are strong. They also tend to pull a lot of vitamins and minerals from the ground so you get that benefit as well. Please don’t eat them if you spray weed killers and or pesticides on your lawn. Ask a neighbor who doesn’t if you can forage in their yard instead.
Raised in rural Montana and educated in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Development, Paige Raymond combines a practical mindset with a passion for self-reliance and sustainability. With expertise ranging from mechanical solutions and food preservation to emergency preparedness and renewable energy, Paige is a proud author with more than 5000 published articles.
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