If you’re lucky enough to both have a garden and not be a vital key worker, you might just have a little more time to spend in your square of green right now. Staying put and gardening have basically become a national endeavour (and a lesson on the homeschooling curriculum), but you can go a step further: combine those efforts and get fresh food on the table too by making the most of edible weeds.

Some of those weeds you’re hauling out of the ground are full of nutrients and could help bulk out your fresh produce drawer, helping reduce your trips to the supermarket too.

8 edible weeds in your garden

Here are a few edible weeds to look out for – and then munch on… Just be sure to do your research, wash them thoroughly and avoid any berries or mushrooms in case they’re poisonous.

1. Nettles

Edible weeds Nettle soup in bowl on wooden surface. Green nettle soup

Handle with caution (definitely wear gloves), go for the youngest looking nettles clogging up your patch and blanch them, then stir-fry, or cook them down and blitz into traditional nettle soup. And if you can rustle up some wild garlic, throw that in too.

2. Dandelions

Edible weeds picked fresh dandelion leaves in basked.

Ok, so it is true that dandelions are a diuretic, but they’re unlikely to make you wet the bed, so scrap the childhood myth and start harvesting. The young leaves – try and grab them before the plant flowers – are great in salads, or you can pound them into a pesto, or brew them in dandelion tea. You win all the foraging points if you manage to discover some burdock too.

3. Nasturtiums

Edible weeds Nasturtium flowers

While you can easily grow these babies from seed, they often pop up all over the place anyway. The leaves, bright orange flowers and seed pods (which pop when you bite into them) are all edible and super pretty.

4. Purslane

Edible weeds purslane

You can eat purslane raw – it’s mostly water, so is quite refreshing – but you can also sub it in anytime you’re reaching for some spinach and realise you’re out.

5. Clover

Edible weeds Close up of clover growing in a grass lawn

If you’re sick of discovering clover invading your lawn, do you worst: pick it and eat it. It has a slightly sour note, but will liven up a sandwich in place of your usual lettuce.

6. Chickweed

Edible weeds Fresh Chickweed herbs and knife

Another great salad option, you can eat chickweed’s stems, flowers, seeds and leaves. Use it to top noodles, chop and stir it through mash, or use it to add value to pasta sauce.

7. Sorrel

Edible weeds Buns of puff pastry with sorrel close-up. Homemade cakes with greens.

Super lemony and fresh, you can eat sorrel leaves without doing a thing to them (besides washing them). But if you can resist, save them for a garden salad, doused in olive oil or bake them in puff pastry.

8. Daisy

Edible weeds Spring salad with bedstraw, chickweed, yarrow and other wild edible plants

Make daisy chains with the kids, and then eat them up for lunch. The texture might take a little getting used to, but it’ll be an experience.

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