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The dandelions have nearly undone my husband this year. Every weekend, he claims there must be "some chemical-free way to kill those things." I keep reminding him that in another month, it'll be so hot and dry that even our lawn won't grow, let alone the dandelions. My laissez-faire approach doesn't appeal to him, apparently.

Dandelions don't have to be just an annoying weed in your perfect (or less than perfect, in our case) lawn. They can also be dinner. They're tasty in salads, soups, wine, even coffee, and the heads and stems are also edible. Dandelions are just one of several weeds you can have for lunch, according to Gomestic (who will explain exactly how to prepare each one). I'll share the others with you after the break.

They include:
  • Stinging Nettle
  • Plantain
  • Purslane
  • Chickweed
  • Burdock
Keep in mind that if you've been using chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides on your lawn, then it's probably not safe for you to eat what weeds you do have left. In addition, some of these weeds may be invasive, so planting them intentionally isn't really a good idea either. But if you have one of these six weeds taking over an area of your yard, you might as well do something useful with them...right?


  • Peter Shekel

    weeds are the most naturally growing plants in our gardens, and ironically, some of them are the healthiest too. we can use weeds when we cook, such as in salads, to help our bodies ward off infection and disease.

  • Diane Rixon

    Ha! Great idea! Reminds me of the time when, walking through a trail near our old home in CT, I spotted what I was convinced was a big crop of wild-growing chives. I took a whole bunch home and used it in egg salad. Well, it didn't poison us, but it definitely wasn't chives either! Hee hee. My husband still jokes about my "swamp chives."

    Here's how I deal with weeds in the lawn: I don't look too closely. I pull a few now and then when the ground is wet, and ignore the rest. :)

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