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8 Nutritious Weeds You Can Eat Right Out Of Your Own Yard

By Nicole Caldwell

If you needed another reason not to use herbicides and pesticides in your garden and lawn here’s one: Those weeds you think are such nuisances are actually delicious—and better for you than a lot of the veggies you eat every day. Eating a varied diet is important, but it can be easy to feel like you are falling into a rut with your eating when relying on just what is in season at your local farmer's market or grocery store. Luckily, you can easily expand your food choices by venturing into what grows right in your own backyard. Of course, it's imperative that you research your weeds first to make sure they are safe for consumption. What edible weed options you have available is also dependent on your location and the season. 

Here are eight popular weeds that are generally safe for human consumption, and moreover, even nutritious! 

Burdock 

Burdocks are the absolute worst. They pop up everywhere you don’t want them, they’re prickly and stick to everything, and you have to work continuously year-round to keep them at bay. Luckily for all of us, burdocks are also delicious and super good for you. Try peeling and stir-frying burdock stalks (peel them first), or peeling and boiling the root. The plant’s leaves are quite bitter, so you’ll want to boil them first before using them in casseroles and stir-fries. The plant is commonly used to combat skin issues like eczema, as a liver protector, and shows antitumor properties. It’s also high in fiber and protein. Kind of makes you look at this prolific weed a bit differently, no?