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Chandramohan:
Sorry, for hijacking the thread, TF, 'msg' is monosodium glutamate,and not maltodextrin. Talking of artificial sweeteners, if you can grow two or three plants of 'Miracle fruit' in a green house, one need never use any sweeteners.

Tropical Bay Area:
Oxalis species. The yellow flowered pink tuber lens in the sfo Bay Area have edible flower stems where you chew them and just suck the lemony juice out. Not very much but the pink tubers are also edible with a sour taste. Canít eat too many though because if the oxalis acid.

Daintree:
I never kill anything that comes up.  I LOVE dandelions! When people ask why I am letting them grow in my lawn, I tell them that they are genuine imported European Lion's Tooth Asters! Plus they are beautiful!

One of my favorite plants is garden plantain (no relation to musa...). The seed heads are delcious, and my baby parrots especially love them.  When I tried to identify it, I took it to a local garden store.  They just said "it is some broadleaf weed. You can kill it with this". They were very confused when I said I didn't want to kill it!

As a matter of fact, my greenhouse has formed its own country - The Commonwealth of North Daintree. The country's motto is "Taraxacum in Perpetuum!"
 Dandelions Forever!

Carolyn

Galatians522:
No list of edible weeds would be complete without mentioning cat tail. I ate some last week.

Francis_Eric:

--- Quote from: Daintree on February 12, 2021, 07:08:13 PM ---

One of my favorite plants is garden plantain (no relation to musa...). The seed heads are delcious, and my baby parrots especially love them.  When I tried to identify it, I took it to a local garden store.  They just said "it is some broadleaf weed. You can kill it with this". They were very confused when I said I didn't want to kill it!

 Dandelions Forever!

Carolyn

--- End quote ---

Yes Broad leaf  Plantain a common yard weed throughout North America the leaves are also crushed ,
and used as drawing out poison like Mosquito bites even brown recluse (which I do not think I've had)
I had got a  bite in Texas it grew bigger until I put Crushed Plantain leaves on it
Different species of what we have here , but the leaves have a certain smell.

(Broad leaf plantain) Plantago Major IS metamucil (Narrow Leaf Plantain is P. Ovata is psyllium husks)

Some crush it in the field to apply some chew it up first
I like to freeze it since it breaks it down to apply doesn't leave a green color although can freeze dry
 not a bad idea to place in a glass jar for longer storage -
(although people also put in a crock pot with oil, and make a ointment (or add bee's wax as well)



I Know Plenty of web sites but  wildman Steve brill is another good one

https://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/plants
https://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/

Thistle is mentioned It is related to Asparagus
I like bull thistle before it becomes woody you can peal off the thorns, and eat it like celery
(I've read your suppose to cook it some places, but never bothered me

Burdock is good as well early Picking the roots , and eating them like carrots
although after the may here they get tough (the weather can get them tough a week or two early or later)

Rhubarb is in the Polygonaceae Family So is curly dock
The Leaves do have a sour taste you should not eat to much also can pick up nitrates from over fertalized soil
Calcium oxilates like found in kale in large amounts can be bad for you it is in those leaves,.

Got to go, but
around here we have a ton of Garlic Mustard Like covers everything (leaves like a garlic smell) root is spicy
Heard a great Ice cream Beleieve it or not can be made from my friend that ate some at a fair

also common is Dames rocket (related to arugula in mustard Family )
Creeping charlie grows in everyones yards reminds me of a herb for cooking (i've ate it )

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