Thursday, April 26, 2007

If you can't beat 'em eat 'em

Yesterday, I dug up all the tender young dandelions in the garden and mixed them into a lettuce salad. It was the best. Now, if you can believe it, I'm actually waiting for the chickweed to come up. As obnoxious as it is a weed, it is delicious when young. What weeds do you eat?

If you need some incentive to eat your weeds, consider that dandelions are better for you than many salad greens we plant in our gardens. Chickweed is also good for you. Both are high in vitamin C and some trace minerals. Some grocery stores are now selling dandelions as gourmet salad greens. (Although I bet no grocery stores in Saskatoon!) But why pay for something you grow for free? (PS: don't eat weeds from a lawn that has been sprayed.)

By the way, the Saskatoon Farmers' Market is now selling local greenhouse lettuce, cucumbers, green peppers and tomatoes. (Get there early if you want tomatoes.) So, cut the miles on your salad and buy locally.

2 comments:

Jenna said...
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Jenna said...

I just came to your blog - what a cool idea. Dandelions would be fun to try; I just wish I could be sure that they don't have pesticides on them. Anyway, thanks for sharing.