March in the Northwest means the grass starts growing once again and the weeds pop out. I am thrilled to see my old friends popping their heads out once again to say hello. After the winter doldrums of less than exciting vegetable choices behold the spring nutrition of our backyard weeds.
The other day I made myself a “Wild Greens Pita Sandwich” of Dandelion leaf and flower and Peppercress.
See if you can find some of these great edibles in your yard. My goal is to add a wild food to my meals at least once a day. Tonight I made a salad of Dandelion Leaf, Peppercress, and Nipplewort and topped it with Poppy Seeds, Nettle Vinegar, and Olive Oil.
Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale
Nipplewort – Lapsana communis
Cleavers – Galium spp. http://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Galium+spurium
Peppercress – Lepidium spp. http://pfaf.org/user/DatabaseSearhResult.aspx