3 Great Ways to Eat Weeds

Last month, Sergei Boutenko, author of Wild Edibles: A Practical Guide to Foraging, gave us four reasons to eat weeds. Here are a few of his easy ideas for using your foraged finds. —BBL Editor

1. Add Wild Edibles To Everything You Cook
I invite you to experiment. Play around with adding weeds to you favorite dishes. If you’re making soup, throw in a handful of lamb’s quarters. Decorate you favorite pie with clover flowers. Get creative and figure out how to pack more healthy weeds into your meal.

2. Blend Up a Marsh Mallow Smoothie
Wild edibles are often more potent and bitter than the common foods we are used to. One great way to introduce yourself to wild edibles is to blend them in your smoothie. When you blend greens with fruits, the taste of the sweet fruit covers up any bitter flavors and the result is a green-colored smoothie that’s finger-licking good. Try this recipe and see for yourself.

2 cups freshly harvested mallow leaves (shown above)
½ of a honeydew melon, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 cup frozen raspberries

Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth. Serves 3–4

3. Make Dandelion and Sun-dried Tomato Pesto
Another good way to eat wild edibles is to add them to your favorite pesto recipe. My absolute favorite is dandelion pesto. When you add dandelion greens to pesto, the fat in the olive oil and pine nuts reduces the bitterness of the dandelions, while at the same time the bitter flavor of the wild greens compliments the pesto. Give it a try. This dish is a crowd favorite at potlucks and social gatherings.

1 bunch freshly-harvested dandelions (as big or as little as you like)
1 cup pine nuts
½ cup sun-dried tomatoes
4–5 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt (or salt to taste)

Blend all ingredients in food processor until thoroughly mixed. Serve with crackers, breads, pasta, veggies, and so forth.

Get more foraging tips and wild edibles recipes at sergeiboutenko.com.

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Wild Edibles: A Practical Guide to Foraging, with Easy Identification of 60 Edible Plants and 67 Recipes
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