“I have no wrath. Should someone give Me briars and thorns in battle, Then I would step on them, I would burn them completely.”
Isaiah 27:4, New American Standard Bible®
Did you ever wish your weeds would just disappear?
Even the Hebrew Bible describes the Divine as one who would step on and completely burn up weeds.
I get even better revenge on my weeds. I eat the ones I recognize.
Some weeds provide wild, natural, bitterly nutritious greens that can be added to salads or smoothies. I prefer smoothies so I can gulp them down rather than taste the bitterness.
During this past weekend I went on an edible weed walk at Turner Farm in Indian Hill, Ohio. Nancy Ogg from Shady Grove Farm in Kentucky provided expert guidance for what common weeds could be eaten.
Please do not pick weeds without knowing exactly what they are and what parts are safe to consume.
I asked if dandelion flower stems were edible. Nancy said yes, though they are quite bitter, probably because they are the most nutritious part of the plant. Smoothie filler for me.
Apparently violet blossoms are safe, because they can be added to salads for color. At the end of the class each of us took home a small jar of violet jelly. Delicious!
We found three black mustard plants growing in the compost heap. I brought them home because I love stir-fried black mustard seeds with fresh radishes, a great anti-inflammatory meal for cancer thrivers. I planted the foot-tall weeds in my compost bed.
Because weeds resist cultivation, my friend Kathleen suggested I threaten the plants periodically by waving and whirring a weed wacker over them so they’ll think they are wild and free.
In the meantime, I forage on my property, adding a little variety beyond dandelions with hairy bittercress and garlic mustard. No recognized weed will be left behind.
Thriver Soup Ingredient:
Here is the recipe I use for my mustard seed stir-fry, using black mustard seeds:
Here is the recipe for violet jelly using half the normal amount of sugar:
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