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The Five Healthiest Backyard Weeds

August 03, 2011 | 2,296 views

Did you know that some of the “weeds” in your garden or in your neighborhood are actually far more healthful than almost anything you can grow or buy?  They can be delicious if prepared properly, and they are absolutely free.  Live Science has collected some easy-to-identify healthy weeds, although they caution you to avoid harvesting from any place where you suspect there is pollution

Dandelion: The entire plant is edible, and the leaves contain vitamins A, C and K, along with calcium, iron, manganese, and potassium.

Purslane: Purslane tops the list of plants with omega-3 fats.

Lamb's-quarters: Lamb's-quarters are like spinach, except healthier, tastier and easier to grow.

Plantain: Not the better-known banana-like plant with the same name.  It has a nutritional profile similar to dandelion.

Stinging Nettles: If you handle them so that you don’t get a painful rash from the tiny, acid-filled needles, these are delicious and nutritious cooked or prepared as a tea.

To learn more about these plants, you can click on the link below.

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