At one time or another, every home-owner has had to deal with a pesky and aggressive plant. Whether it seeded from the neighbor’s yard or was planted by mistake, weeding takes up a lot of time around the yard and in the garden. Some of those weeds might not be all that bad. You might not necessarily want to cultivate any of these, but if they are on your property and require attention anyway, it might be worthwhile to experiment with them in the kitchen.
It is important to note that before adding any dietary supplement to your eating regiment, you should consult your physician. But these plants may add unique flavor to your dishes and all have healthy benefits that should keep them out of the garbage can or the compost pile. Here are a few of them….
Anyone familiar with Julia Child will know that she had a great passion for French sorrel soup. One of the staples of French cuisine, this soup is tangy with a lemony flavor. It can also be used as a substitute for arugula in salads. Sorrel tea is popular in Egypt, Senegal and Sudan, and is regarded as a daily staple. Generally this plant is pretty invasive in lawns and is one of the first plants to appear in the spring.
According to the Scientific Research Council of Jamaica, sorrel is rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin c, riboflavin, calcium, niacin as well as flavonoids (a powerful anti-oxidant) are all contained in sorrel. Researchers in Mexico have also reported that daily consumption can significantly reduce triglycerides.