Eat that weed 

What is in a weed? Weeds are plants that pop in places we'd rather they didn't, or those that have some troublesome qualities about them. While they can be difficult or annoying to deal with at times, some weeds are edible, delicious or useful in other ways. Have a look below for some popular weeds and they're uses, as well as a few other resources to find out more. 

  • Dandelion is a common weed that can be used medicinally, brewed as tea, wilted in salads or simply left as a food source for bees.  

  • Chickweed (pictured) are slight plants with small white star shaped flowers. They like moist soils, often cropping up among vegetables. Chickweed can be harvested for salads or pesto, or as a skin care remedy. 

  • Did you know nettle can be used as a tea for nourishing both ourselves and the garden? See here for some nettle garden tea recipes. It's also as great cooked as a spinach or wilted in salad. Although we might not see any until the colder months, still keep in mind a pair of gloves when harvesting! 

  • Check out Milkwood's page on weeds they pull, leave and why covers madiera vine, milk thistle, petty spurge, wood sorrel and purslane in addition to the above. 

  • Not sure what type of weeds you have? Try this weed identification tool

  • And finally, find out how to identify and cook with weeds at our upcoming workshop.

Dandelion is a common weed around Canberra

Dandelion is a common weed around Canberra

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