If you’re practicing pesticide-free gardening, that’s great for you—and the earth. And it’s great for one other reason: You might be able to harvest and eat some of the plants that would otherwise be considered weeds.
That’s right: If you don’t spray your yard and thoroughly clean anything you harvest, there are some really
fantastic edibles that grow in most people’s backyards. They’ve been relegated to the “weed” column because of our own attempts at standardizing the food supply. What that’s led to is an ever smaller world of food that we eat—but backyard weeds can help change that.
A few identifying characteristics can help, as can knowing what plants are look-alikes but poisonous. And whatever you harvest, even if you don’t use any chemicals in your yard, be aware that runoff and pollution from cars may have gotten into your yard. So pick carefully and wash thoroughly, and use this graphic to enjoy!