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Edible weeds

Salad, pesto, soup, sauce, cottage cheese, cold soup, tapenade, humus, risotto, tart, ice cream, pizza, pie, mousse, beer, jam, vinegar... we can use weeds to create all these dishes. They can successfully replace popular leaf vegetables, such as spinach. They will add an interesting flavor to our dishes and diversify our menu. We painstakingly grow vegetables in our gardens - fertilizing them, watering them, preventing diseases, protecting them against pests, and weeding them. Meanwhile, most of the weeds that we consider troublesome are edible, tasty and healthy! Next time, instead of throwing them into the composter, take them to the kitchen and add them to your favorite dish! Here is a list of common, edible weeds that often accompany our garden crops:


  • Lamb'sTongue (Plantago lanceolata)

  • Ground-Ivy (Glechoma hederacea) 

  • Chickweed (Stellaria media) 

  • White Nettle (Lamium album) 

  • Lamb's Quarters (Chenopodium album) 

  • Red Clover  (Trifolium pratense) 

  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)  

  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

  • Ground Elder (Aegopodium podagraria) 

  • Common Nettle (Urtica dioica)  

  • Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) 

  • Potato Weed (Galinsoga parviflora)

Remember that young plants taste best! Also remember that there are many similar species in nature that may be poisonous. Be careful and only collect species that you are 100% sure of!

For recipes for weed dishes, please refer to the book by Małgorzata Kalemba-Drożdż entitled: Delicious weeds, ed. Pascal.

We also encourage you to watch a short film about edible weeds that we recorded as part of the Our Food campaign. Our Future.

Forest bed with edible weeds

If you want an original flowerbed in a forest garden - this proposition is for you! Take advantage of edible native species and create an oasis of biodiversity that will attract many beneficial species to your garden! (designed by M. Antolak, drawing by J. Mamcarz)

  1. Common Hop (Humulus lupulus) 

  2. Common Nettle (Urtica dioica) 

  3. White Nettle (Lamium album) 

  4. Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) 

  5. Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella) 

  6. Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum)

  7. Ground-Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

  8. Sweet Flag (Acorus calamus) 

  9. Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) 

  10. Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus)


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