Wednesday, June 19, 2013
My garden is coming up slowly but surely. As I weed, I try to harvest whatever I can. For instance, I usually throw radish or beet thinnings on my salads. I also use common "weeds" for a nutritious treat.
On the right is lambsquarters. It grows prolifically in the garden as well. This weed reminds me of spinach. When eaten raw, it contains a lot of Niacin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
One food I grew up watching my father eat lots of is dandelion greens. You know, the leaves from the lovely, yellow dandelion flower. Yeah, it's a weed that most people want to rid their yards of. Not me. Every spring I scour our front yard for the leaves (before the flowers bloom). I wash them and eat them raw too. One serving of dandelion greens, raw, contains 112% the RDA of Vitamin A! They are also loaded with Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron, Potassium and Manganese.