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5 Weeds in Every Garden That are Actually Edible & Delicious!

Lamb’s Quarters and Orach

Lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album) is a familiar weed in fields and along roadsides, but it’s also a versatile and delicious leafy vegetable. It is related to several other vegetables, including close-cousin quinoa, along with beets, spinach, orach and epazote. The hardy plants can be cultivated in farms and gardens, but it is also easily foraged, as it grows all across North America.

Orach (Atriplex hortensisis) is a close relative, and while it isn’t as widespread as lambs quarters, it’s an increasingly popular leafy green in warmer climates where it can be used in place of spinach.

Vietnamese Coriander

Vietnamese coriander is a tropical perennial that is hardy in zones 9 – 11. In colder areas, It is grown as an annual or it can be brought indoors for the winter. Related to knotweed, the plants can become invasive. They are short, about 6 inches tall, with a tendency to sprawl. Unlike mint which is determined to take over the world, Vietnamese coriander will stop growing when it runs out of space. So either confine it to a small corner of your garden or in a container.

The plants prefer partial shade and moist soil. In their southeast Asian home, they are understory groundcovers, growing in the shade of other plants. They are often found growing along the banks of streams and ponds. They will tolerate full sun if kept in very moist soil. The stems are jointed like their knotweed cousins. The leaves, lance shaped, are variegated maroon on top and solid burgundy underneath, grow from the stems at each joint. For cooking, use young leaves. The leaves become tougher and less flavorful as they age.

Vietnamese coriander is easily propagated via both stem and root cuttings.

Palmer's amaranth is native to the southwest U.S. and Mexico, but it has aggressively expanded its range, becoming invasive in many parts of the world. This plant was widely used for food by Native Americans of the Southwest. It is a traditional food of Native Americans including the Navajo, Pima, Yuma and Mohave. Its life-cycle is adapted to desert conditions; it will germinate and grow quickly to produce abundant seed (up to 500,000 seeds per plant) when water is available. Palmer’s Amaranth was named in honour of Edward Palmer (1829–1911), a self-taught British botanist and early American archaeologist.

Distinguishing Features

Palmer amaranth is a summer annual that commonly reaches heights of at least 1 metre (3') with many lateral branches. Stems and foliage are mostly smooth and glabrous. Leaves have fairly long petioles and are arranged symmetrically around the stem; this gives the plant a distinct pointsettia-like appearance when viewed from above.

IMPORTANT: a similar plant named "hairy-stemmed spurge" is poisonous. Click here for more information.

Purslane is a succulent annual trailing plant that grows in many countries because it thrives in poor soil. It can be eaten as a cooked vegetable and is great to use in salads, soups, stews or any dish you wish to sprinkle it over. It is also antibacterial, antiscorbutic, depurative, diuretic and febrifuge. The leaves are a very rich source of omega-3 fatty acids which prevents heart attacks and strengthens the immune system.

Distinguishing Features

This nutritious weed has a distinctive thick, reddish stem and succulent, green leaves.

12 Health Benefits Of Dandelion Leaves And Dandelion Root

1. Promotes and Stimulates Digestion

Dandelion acts as a mild laxative that promotes digestion, stimulates appetite, and balances the natural and beneficial bacteria in the intestines. It can increase the release of stomach acid and bile to aid digestion, especially of fats.

2. Prevents Water Retention in the Kidneys

This weed-like superfood is a natural diuretic, which helps the kidneys clear out waste, salt, and excess water by increasing urine production and frequency of urination.

In French, it is called pissenlit, which roughly translates to ‘wet the bed.’ This inhibits microbial growth in the urinary system and prevents urinary tract infections.

Dandelion also replaces some of the potassium lost in the process.

In a study conducted in 2009, high-quality fresh dandelion leaf hydroethanolic extract was given to volunteer subjects. Results showed that the urine output and frequency increased in the two out of three instances dandelion extract was ingested.

3. Detoxifies the Liver

Dandelion has been shown to improve hepatic function by detoxifying the liver and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance. It also increases the production and release of bile.

A laboratory study on mice showed this medicinal plant’s ability to slow down the progress of carbon tetrachloride-induced liver fibrosis or scarring.

4. Boosts Antioxidant Activity

Every part of the dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants, which prevents free radicals from damaging cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells. It is rich in vitamin C and vitamin A as beta-carotene and increases the liver's production of superoxide dismutase.

What is superoxide dismutase? This is an enzyme that speeds up or catalyzes the breakdown of the oxidative stress-causing superoxide by-product.

5. Has Been Used In Cancer Research

The ability to combat cancer is not a claim made lightly, but dandelion seems to show promise in study after study after study. Dandelion may slow cancer's growth and prevent it from spreading.

The leaves are especially rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients which combat cancer. Dandelion root extract, on the same note, has shown its ability to induce apoptosis or cell death in prostate and pancreatic cells.

6. Helps Regulate Blood Sugar Levels

Recent animal studies show dandelion helps regulate blood sugar and insulin levels. Most of this is done through its ability to control lipid levels and stimulate the pancreatic cells to produce more insulin when needed.

7. Aids in the Management of High Blood Pressure

As a natural diuretic, dandelion increases urination which then lowers blood pressure. The fiber and potassium in dandelion also help regulate blood pressure.

8. Reduces Cholesterol Levels

Animal studies have shown how dandelion lowers and controls cholesterol levels while improving cholesterol ratios by raising HDL.

9. Protects the Gallbladder

Dandelion increases bile production and reduces inflammation to help with gallbladder problems and blockages.

10. Fights Inflammation with Its Antioxidant Properties

Dandelion contains essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that all reduce inflammation throughout the body. These can relieve pain and swelling.

11. Boosts the Immune System

Studies also show dandelion boosts immune function and fights off microbes and fungi.

12. Prevents UVB Damage on the Skin at the Cellular Level

Posted by Conspiracy Cafe on November 21, 2022 at 9:24 AM 38 Views