Would you like to take a walk on the wild side? No, not that wild side silly.....I'm talking about Wild Greens! Right now in many places there are some very nutritious "weeds" growing right in your back yard! These can be used in some great salads, juices and even your favorite smoothie!!
At our North Carolina home we have dandelion, chickween, plantain, mint, clover, violets and more popping up, that are great for replacing the traditional spinach and greens. Because they are fresh picked, they tend to have more vitamins and minerals and if you resist the temptation to weed and feed your yard, they are organic. Instead of spraying them with pesticides, use them in your juices, salads, soups and more. You only need to plant them once, they will continue to grow every year.
Here are some other "weeds" that would be great:
Borage leaves and flowers
Chicory greens and flowers
There are articles articles and photos of edible weeds on the Internet. You may also find many books that help identify edible plants in your area. Please practice caution when picking wild plants making sure you can identify them well.
Here is a simple recipe for Wild Greens Juice or blend them up for a delicious smoothie:
1 Large Handful of Dandelion Greens (Use young spring leaves)
1 Large Handful of Chickweed
Juice of 2 Lime
2C of Mint Leaves
Beta- carotene, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, folate, choline, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, vitamin B
Dandelion Greens – Improve functions of urinary system
Chickweed – Blood cleanser and anti-inflammatory
Mint – Settles the digestive system, helps tone the liver, intestine, and the nervous system
Lime – Helps strengthen the immune system
Pear – Promotes cardiovascular and colon health
Remember, weeds are only in the eye of the beholder.......
Naturopathic Lifestyle Educator and Wellness Coach, Sonja Upham, received medical missionary training and lifestyle education at Uchee Pines Lifestyle Center in Alabama and Hallelujah Acres in North Carolina. She moved from her position as Webmaster and class lecturer at Uchee Pines back to North Carolina where she serves as Assistant Health Ministries Director at her local church, and Co-founder of HeavenScent Wholistic Health, along with her husband Dave. Furthering her education she attended Global College of Natural Medicine, receiving her Master Herbalist and Holistic Health Practitioner certifications. She is currently working towards her doctorate in Naturopathy.