Edible Herbs

Things to know:

Oxalates in large quantities lower nutrition absorption. Eat plants with oxalates in moderation.

  • Field Mint

    feild mint
    field Mint

The mint will bloom in the spring may be locate in moist meadows and thickets

  • Common Juniper

    Common Juniper
    Common Juniper

Will grow on slopes and open forests, its used for cleansing and a good tea for coughs,fever and the berries were a mild laxative.

  • Rocky Mountain Juniper

    Rocky Mountain Juniper
    Rocky Mountain Juniper

This Juniper was also used for purification, the berries were used to make tea to stop vomiting, the leaves boiled with a tea spoon of turpentine would be placed on the affected areas of arthritis and rheumatism. the steeped leaves would be used for a cough, sore throat.

  • Dandelion

    Dandelion
    Dandelion

Dandelion leaves act as a diuretic, increasing the amount of urine your body makes. The leaves are used to stimulate the appetite and help digestion. Dandelion flower has antioxidant properties. Dandelion may also help improve the immune system. Herbalists use dandelion root to detoxify the liver and gallbladder, dandelion leaves to help kidney function, and it’s chock full of vitamins A, B, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc.

  • Goldenrod

    Goldenrod
    Goldenrod

    The young leaves are edible, the seeds are also edible

    • Lamb’s Quarter

      Lamb's Quarter
      Lamb’s Quarter

The leaves and young shoots can be eaten as leaf vegetables, steamed, or cooked like spinach. but should be eaten in moderation.

  • Marsh Marigold

    White Mountain Marsh Marigold
    White Mountain Marsh Marigold

Leaves edible when boiled (10 – 60 min) till tender. Roots also edible when cooked. Eat in moderation.

  • Mountain Sorrel

    Mountain Sorrel
    Mountain Sorrel

The leaves are edible raw,add to water and sugar for a lemonade like drink, can be cooked with or without berries, also eat in moderation.

  • Wintercress (Yellow Rocket)

    Wintercress
    Wintercress

The young leaves are edible as cooked greens or raw ,boil the older plants in 2 changes of water to reduce bitterness.

  • Pearly Everlasting

    Pearly Everlasting
    Pearly Everlasting

the leaves and young plants can be cooked.

  • Pineapple Weed

    Pineapple Weed
    Pineapple Weed

The flower heads are edible raw, plants can be eaten raw though they taste bitter, can be sprinkled on meats to reduce spoilage and keep flies away.

  • Queens Cup

    Queens Cup
    Queens Cup

young leaves are edible, raw leaves have mild sweet taste, and older leaves are best when cooked.

  • Western Roseroot

    Western Roeroot
    Western Roeroot

The young leaves and shoots are edible raw, older plants may be bitter, rhizomes can be boiled and eaten.

  • Self Heal

    Self Heal
    Self Heal

The leaves are edible raw, and are suitable as a potherb. Also leaves have a slightly bitter taste and  taste best when cooked.

  • Shepard’s Purse

    Shepard's Purse
    Shepard’s Purse

all parts of plant are edible raw, pods and seeds are edible, and taste peppery also can be parched and ground to flour, roots can be eaten fresh or dried. Burning the plant results in ash that can be used as salt substitute and/or tenderizer. The older plants can be tenderized by adding pinch of baking soda to cooking water and boiling till tender.

  • Lanced Leaf Stonecrop

    Lance Leaf Stonecrop
    Lance Leaf Stonecrop

The leaves are edible raw and has a mild laxative effect, and infusing the stems, leaves, and flowers to clean up after childbirth, or used as a laxative

  • Strawberry Blite

    Strawberry Blite
    Strawberry Blite

The plants and flowers are edible raw, seeds may be toxic, and use in moderation it contains oxalates.

  • Elk Thistle

    Elk Thistle
    Elk Thistle

Roots of young plants in the fall are edible raw but may cause gas, roots are best when boiled, roots can be cooked and dried into flour, leaves and stems are edible after peeling to remove the prickles, and immature flower heads are edible but best when steamed. Eat in Moderation thistle is carcinogenic.

  • Violets

    Marsh Violet
    Marsh Violet

    Canadian Violet
    Canadian Violet

The plants are edible raw, the leaves and flowers are good in salads, the flowers can be used as a garnish, have a mild flavour when boiled as greens, A tea made from the roots was used in the treatment of pain in the bladder region. The roots and leaves have been used to induce vomiting, also been poulticed and applied to skin abrasions and boils. Just two violet leaves fulfill our daily requirements for Vitamin C. And the rhizomes, fruits an seeds are poisonous.

  • Wild Rose

    Prickly Rose
    Prickly Rose

The petals are edible, buds are edible, young shoots and leave are edible, the fruit hips are edible but you have to empty the seeds inside, the hips can be eaten fresh or dried.

  • Marsh Yellowcress

    Marsh Yellow Cress
    Marsh Yellow Cress

The young leaves, stems, and young seedling can be eaten raw or cooked in salads. And the leaves have anti-scorbutic properties.

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