You probably know that leafy green vegetables are really, really good for you, but did you know that the same goes for many wild greens, otherwise known as weeds?
Grass, dandelion, nettles, soursops and clover – as well as many other wild plants – are full of protein, vitamins and minerals, and can be harvested for free.
Just follow a few simple precautions:
- Make sure you recognise the plant – the examples given above are commonly known, but if you want to try other plants, get a book which tells you which are edible and which are poisonous!
- Harvest plants by picking the leaves, don’t pull the plant up by the roots.
- Harvest well away from roads.
- Use a small amount of wild greens, mixed with some basic leafies like baby spinach or kale.
- 2 cups water
- 2-4 pieces of fresh, seasonal fruit
- 2 big handfuls any kind greens (eg spinach, kale, silverbeet, romaine lettuce, plus some wild greens if you like)
- optional: 1-2 tablespoons hemp, flax or chia seeds
- Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Drink immediately.
Experiment with different fruits and greens – have a different one every day. You won’t believe how good green veggies can taste!