10 Edible Plants That Are Probably In Your Yard Right Now

Posted by Editorial Staff in Food On 8th August 2016
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Many of the plants that add color and texture to our yards also contain the right stuff for enriching our menus

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Lamb's Quarters

Also know as wild spinach. It is a common garden weed with more than 3 times the calcium of ordinary spinach.

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Hostas

This familiar shay-side pereninnial is edible. Cook its shoots as you would asparagus, or wrap them in bacon. It's flowers are a good garnish or appetizer too.

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Fiddlehead Ferns

The fiddleheads of certain ferns are eaten as a cooked leaf vegetable. Fiddleheads have antioxidant activity, are a source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and are high in iron and fiber.

Chard

with its bright assortment of stem colors, you can use it in omelets and for augmenting or replacing spinach in recipes. Chard is a nutritional powerhouse packing loads of magnesium and potassium, as well as vitamins K, A and C.

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Dahlia Tubers

Dahlia bulbs have a surprising variety of flavors, and their big, beautiful blooms brighten gardens. flavors ranging from spicy apple to celery root or even carrot. A lot depends on the variety and the soil in which the variety grew.

Daylilies

The flowers are edible and are used in Chinese cuisine. They are sold (fresh or dried) in Asian markets as gum jum or golden needles (金针 in Chinese; pinyin: jīn zhēn) or yellow flower vegetables (黃花菜 in Chinese; pinyin: huáng huā cà i). They are used in hot and sour soup, daylily soup (金針花湯), Buddha's delight, and moo shu pork. The young green leaves and the rhizomes of some species are also edible.

Eat in moderation, people can have allergic reactions to Daylilies

Purslane

This This wonderful green leafy vegetable is very low in calories and has extremely high levels of omega-3 fatty acids for a land vegetable, as well as significant amounts of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, B-family vitamins, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, and copper.

Rose Hips

Among the apple family and contain an abundance of Vitamin C and they can be used in jellies, teas, sauces and soups. They are sweeter after being exposed to frost.

Magnolia Buds

Few know the blossoms of the Magnolia are edible, however their flavor is intense ... The unopened buds are edible cooked. Most common use are as pickled magnolia flowers. Eat the Pickled Magnolia Flowers either when cold or as an accompaniment with salads.

Lilac Blooms

The flowers are edible and have some medicinal qualities. A single flower raw is a flavor exploding experience with slight astringency (drying to tissues), almost bitter, and very floral. Best for garnishes and edible flower displays on pastries rather than whole meals.

The medicinal benefits of Lilac come from the leaves and fruit. Apparently used as a tea or infusion historically it has been used as a anti-periodic.