Eating our backyard weeds

We put purple dead nettle and onion grass in our salad.

Purple Dead Nettle
Onion grass

Did you know that plants in the mint family have square stems? Purple dead nettle is part of the mint family. It makes for easy identifying. Plus there’s no toxic twin, so it’s fairly safe for foraging newbies like us.

A square stem

We only forage from our backyard. We don’t use chemicals so we know they are safe.

A friend of ours eats all of the nettle except for the root, but we only used the leaves and tips. We only used the blades of the onion grass. This was simply our preference this time. We may use the stems of the nettle and the root bulbs of the grass next time. Whatever parts we don’t use goes in our compost bucket.

We soaked the greens in a tub of water to clean them. They looked clean on the surface so I didn’t feel that a simple rinse would be good enough. There wasn’t a lot of dirt but you just never know. We have a cat that has to pee somewhere, you know what I mean…..

Then a quick chop and in they went into our salad.

You would not believe the flavor of these greens. Wow!! You know how much better home grown food taste than the store bought stuff. We could not believe how fresh and powerful the taste and smell of these plants were. It was wonderful.

I’m looking forward to foraging dandelion and plantain too.

How do you feel about foraging? Is it a yay or a nay for you and your family?

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