Karin tries urban foraging and eating weeds from her garden. What are the chances she will live after this experiment?
Taking cues from the Arab women foraging for mallows in the kindergarten in front of my house, and Miriam’s latest winter salad recipe, I decided to do a little urban foraging myself.
(That’s me above sampling what tastes like dandelion leaves, but it could be roquet.)
This time of the year is perfect for leafy greens – ones we can find growing just about anywhere in the Levant region getting rain. Find them in a neglected city park, out in a forest, or in your background, here I present some of the greens I found in my backyard. Next week I am going to tell you (with the help of an expert), which ones you are allowed to eat and how.
Meanwhile, look through the pictures and let us know in the comments section which ones you’d eat (if you dare), and how they’d taste yummy.
A. I don’t think these are fit for human consumption, but my pooch Tasha loves eating winter grass. She is munching on some here in this picture.
B. Would you eat generic looking weeds?
C. These ones have potential. Heard they taste good stuffed.
D. These ones look kind of poisonous. Do you think they’d work in salad?
E. These are the weeds in my mouth above. I am growing crops of these things without even trying. I think they are dandelion.
F. These weeds look poisonous and not something I feel like biting into. But maybe they have some medicinal purpose.
G. Another weed better left in the garden? Or can we forage it?
H. These ones look like carrot tops. But they don’t smell like carrots.
So what weeds would you eat? Leave your ideas in the comments section, please!