Did you know, you can eat weeds?

Did you know, you can eat weeds? 

 

ALFALFA

Did you know, you can eat weeds? Alfalfa is one of many things you can find in America, that are edible and grow in the wild! Alfalfa leaves and shoots can be used in salads, soups, stir-fry, and tea.

Alfalfa has long been used as a medicinal herb, its seeds or dried leaves can be taken as a supplement, or the seeds can be sprouted and eaten in the form of alfalfa sprouts.

You can start your own sprouts! Alfalfa sprouts may be considered a superfood due to its high nutritional value. It is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, vitamin B-related choline, copper, manganese, and folate. It also contains protein and fiber. 

Alfalfa may help lower cholesterol, has an antidiabetic effect and helps lower blood sugar, gives menopause symptom relief, has antioxidants. 

If you are pregnant, take blood thinners, or have a compromised immune system, ask your doctor before using this in your diet.

Click the picture below to grab some sprouts to grow! They can be grown indoors or outside!

It's not just for horses! It's for humans too! Let us know if you end up growing some, how it did for you!

BORGAE

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Borage is a very easy plant to grow, it can survive in lots of different soil conditions.

You can eat the leaves, raw or cooked, and the flowers, raw, as a garnish or in drinks. The dried stems can also be used for flavoring, and the seeds yield an oil that is particularly high in gamma-linolenic acid. 

Borage is an ingredient used in herbal medicine. People with liver problems should stay away from it though. It is an annual plant, so no need to replant, it will pop up again every year. Once planted, it will remain in your garden forever. Great investment if you ask me!

Borage stores potassium and can be a great mulch for your garden as well.

Borage is nitrogen rich and with the added potassium, its great to throw in your compost and help break down the other plant materials, providing a nutrient rich compost soil afterwards.

It's roots are great for breaking up the soil in your garden and can help cover some of the soil and protect the ecosystem of your garden, it's also great for bees! And we need our bees!

The plant flowers for an extended time, is great for helping with polination. Having plants that attract bees in your garden, not only helps your garden, but helps America save our bees! 

Order some seeds, the birds will love the plants too! Let us know how they do for you!

Cattails

Cattails are one of the top 20 edible plants in America. Several parts of the plant are edible. They have more starch than potatoes and you can eat more than just the root!

Do not try to eat these once they have gone to seed, or you will end up with a mouth full of fluffiness.

The roots can be eaten all year but are best in the fall & winter, its similar to eating leaves of an artichoke. You can also use the roots to make flour.

If you get them in the spring, when they are green and hidden in the leaves, you can literally cook and eat them just like corn on the cob! Salt, pepper, butter, oh my!

You can snatch the pollen off near the end of June and use it for a high protein flour.

In the spring you can harvest the new shoots and white part of the stalks near the roots and cook and eat them like asparagus!  Or, clean them, and eat them raw with peanut butter, like you do celery.

 

Grab some seeds and let us know how it works out for you- share your recipes! 

We have lots more edible plants and information coming your way! 

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Did you know, you can eat weeds? 

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