Edible Weeds, A No-Water Bounty in Urban Areas
Tips for Personal Health
- Proper Identification: Do not eat from a plant that you cannot positively identify and name. There are many free phone apps that help identify plants (including weeds) and some of the best are iNaturalist, PlantNet, PictureThis, and iplant.
- Observe: Do not harvest urban foods that are discolored, deformed, or shriveled, which are indicators of chemicals and diseases.
- Wash: Wash all urban foods in water that is warmer than the food, which helps remove dust and bugs.
- Boil: Boil urban foods in water over 165F degrees to ensure harmful pathogens are killed. If working with baby or fine greens, a flash boil, which means the material is submerged for only 1 minute or so, is all that is needed (you do not want to cook off the nutrition).
Seven Highly Nutritious Weeds
Doug is a long time member of the Angeles Chapter Water Committee and author of 3 books, California Friendly, Firescaping: Protecting Your Home with a Fire-Resistant Landscape and Foraging Southern California: 118 Nutritious, Tasty, and Abundant Foods, which can be found in the Angeles Chapter Library.