I’m excited to introduce my new summer series – Weeds are Good for You!: Using Common “Weeds” to Promote Health.
This is a topic I’m very passionate about and have been since my early farming and food-growing days. The purpose of this series is to shed light on the amazing benefits of so many of the magical plants we often write off as “weeds.”
Some of the common weeds I’ll be featuring throughout this series, that are all both edible and incredibly beneficial for health include:
- Stinging Nettle
- Lamb’s Quarters
Here are a few of the reasons that I love weeds:
Weeds cost nothing. This quality is at the very essence of what makes a weed a weed. Weeds are things that we consider to be unwelcome in certain settings – i.e., our yards and gardens. The glory behind this — if we choose to see it as glorious — is that we don’t have to pay or do anything for weeds to show up.
Weeds are all over the place! We don’t have to look too long and hard to find weeds. They will grow anywhere and everywhere, so *why not embrace them?
*Disclaimer: As a former farmer and current gardener, I’m aware of the frustrations and sometimes big problems that can arise when weeds enter the picture. To cultivate the many plants I love to grow, I end up yanking out plenty of weeds. So, I don’t mean to suggest that weeds are always and in every circumstance the best thing to happen to us all; but if they’re already around, it’s great to get to know them and the many positive things they can offer us.
Weeds can often contain more nutrients than the most highly-acclaimed of cultivated vegetables: from broccoli to kale to spinach, many common weeds are packed with Vitamins K, A, C, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, omega 3 fatty acids (the good kind – think flax seed & salmon) and lots more list-toppers in the nutrition world.
Throughout this series, I will share some of my favorite weed-centric recipes that you will soon be sharing with your family and friends and on and on! From Stinging Nettle Frittata to Lamb’s Quarters Pesto, the goodness of weeds extends far beyond their nutritional value. We will be making some delicious dishes :)
. . . So those are just a few of my favorite reasons to love weeds!
Stay tuned for the upcoming 1st part of my Weeds are Good for You! series featuring Stinging Nettle!
Do you love weeds?
If so, what are some of your reasons?
Share in the comments below!