Stem leaves have an ocrea and progressively become smaller up the flowering stalk. Milk thistle seed tea: grind ~1 tablespoon of milk thistle seeds; let powdered seeds steep in near-boiling water for 5-10 minutes; strain, sweeten and serve. Pickled wild garlic (Allium vineale). Mrs. Homegrown. For this recipe, I use Broadleaf Dock, though you may use Curly Dock, Western dock (Rumex occidentalis) and Willow dock (Rumex salicifolius). Hopefully, you have childhood memories of slurping drops of nectar off of the pulled stamens of honeysuckle flowers. Wild garlic bulbils/flowers can be harvested in spring. Here are a few great books we just finished that we recommend you add to your collection: Lastly, we hope our list of 16 edible weeds will have you looking at your yard the same way you look at a produce section in the grocery store. What a shame! Both are delicious wild edible plants, and each group deserves its own article. Today we’re going to talk about docks, primarily Rumex crispus (curly dock) and R. obtusifolius (broad-leaved dock). Thistle flowers make great sun teas and ferments. Domesticated garden sorrel produces much larger leaves. Wood sorrel looks very similar to clover. 1 Comment. The centers of young thistle stems taste like cardoons. Honeysuckle nectar tastes every bit as good as the flowers smell. So far it ‘feeds’ the compost bin. Warning #1: Before eating any plant/weed, always make 100% certain you’ve correctly ID’d it or there could be very serious health consequences. ROUND-LEAVED DOCK Botanical: Rumex obtusifolius---Synonyms---Common Wayside Dock.Butter Dock. Use the young leaves in salads and older leaves in frittatas for brekky. In addition to their collaboration on Tyrant Farms, Aaron and his wife, Susan, are cofounders of GrowJourney.com, a USDA certified organic seed & gardening education company. Hope you’re able to put your thistle to good use. Think of dock as the love child of spinach and rhubarb or sorrel (R. acetosa), and you’ll get a good idea about the flavor of this edible wild green.So how to go about foraging curly dock? Wild garlic also makes an excellent addition to soups, stocks, stews, and other savory cooked dishes. Both produce edible leaves and flower/seed heads. We think grass lawns are one of the most absurd, ecologically rapacious landscape designs imaginable. While you’re searching for the name of the bee, hopefully you can enjoy eating some edible weeds. R. crispusas the name suggests has wavy, curled leaf edges with wedge-shaped leaves. R. obtusifolius has long, broad, oval- to lance-shaped leaves with small greenish flowers that turn red as they mature. Still other weeds are poisonous. Harvest honeysuckle flowers from spring through summer. A gorgeous edible weed that tastes like lemons! Henbit is one of the earliest plants to flower in late winter – early spring, depending on where you live. Wild garlic is a common weed found in lawns throughout the US. Its Latin name is Rumex obtusifolius. Thistle plants are very spiny, so wear thick gloves when harvesting or processing the plant. Instead, we’ll do our best to identify a list of the most common and useful edible weeds that you’re likely to have growing in your yard at some point during the year. Personally, we retract in horror when we see an all-grass lawn. In your home landscape, we’d encourage you to eat your pigweed amaranth weeds, rather than poisoning them (and yourself). Yellow dock has been used as a multi-purpose plant for centuries. An abundant perennial, flower spikes appear from June to October. Another great feature is the plant’s size: we’ve had lamb’s quarters plants grow over 6′ tall! Want to take your foraging game to the next level? The leaves have a mild, tangy-spinach flavor when the weather is still cold. There are many edible docks, but curly dock and broad-leaved dock are the most common in the USA and Europe. Wild garlic grows prolifically in the southeastern US where we live. Yes, it packs a painful sting, but it’s also a delicious high protein superfood that’s loaded with nutrition. For a “dryer” (less sweet) honeysuckle cordial, continue to stir daily for up to 10-14 days so more of the sugar will be consumed. While some thistle species are better than others, chances are the thistle growing in your yard has multiple edible parts — and potentially even medicinal benefits. Once you learn to identify your edible weeds, you’ll be able to incorporate loads of new veggies into your seasonal diet. Thistle seeds are ground and made into delicious teas that taste creamy and nutty. We love stinging nettle so much, we intentionally planted this fast-growing “weed” into our garden – read more about stinging nettle and its many uses (including medicinal uses) here. Perhaps the simplest definition of a weed is a plant growing in a place where a human doesn’t want it. Common name: Broad-leaved Dock Latin name: Rumex obtusifolius Other names: Broadleaf Dock, Bitter Dock, Bluntleaf Dock, Dock Leaf, Cushy-Cows, Kettle Dock, Smair Dock Family: Polygonaceae Habitat: Broad-leaved Dock is native to Europe. As you may have noticed from its scientific name, sheep sorrel is closely related to dock (#5 on this edible weeds list) in the Rumex genus. Broadleaf plantain produces flower stalks once mature. Yellow dock is an ingredient in some herbal toothpastes. Both species grow wild in our yard. Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) Bittercress. (Substitute a couple tablespoons lemon juice if you don’t have citric acid.). Aaron also writes for Edible Upcountry Magazine, WordPress (.com), Daily Harvest Express, and other food and tech-related organizations. THANK YOU for your inspiration much needed in todays times! Perhaps if dug in the winter and boiled, they could become palatable. Get loads of great recipes and wild ideas about how to eat wild food? Most commonly harvested are Rumex crispus (Curly dock), and R. obtusifolius (Bitter or broadleaf dock). It looks similar to wild onion, aka Canada onion (Allium canadense) which also grows in most of the US. Plantain, also known as broadleaf plantain (Plantago major), is native to Europe and certain parts of Asia.This perennial plant produces greenish flowers and has … All parts of pigweed amaranth are edible: leaves, flower shoots, and seeds. Broad-leaved Dock – ( A Perennial Weed). Click here to learn more about our story, and please subscribe to get our freshest content delivered to your inbox! Why? The cooling properties were also used to soothe insect bites and stings, as well as scalds, blisters and sprains.REF, They were a popular remedy for staunching bleeding or for purifying the blood.REF The juice from the leaves can be applied as a compress to heal bruises.REF, The seeds have been used to treat coughs, colds and bronchitis, and the roots used as a remedy for jaundice, liver problems, skin ailments, boils, rheumatism, constipation and diarrhoea.REF, The seed heads are an important source of food for wildlife in winter, such as birds, rodents and deer. It’s late April, so the henbit in our area is pretty much gone. R. crispus as the name suggests has wavy, curled leaf edges with wedge-shaped leaves. They have a tart, lemon-tasting leaves and are used similarly in cooking. the most common one is “cardo mariano” same as my name . amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; It’s now up to you as to when to stop the fermentation process. In practical terms, weeds are often non-grass species of plants growing in a lawn where grass is the only plant desired. It is easy to spot and identify in the second year of growth. (Only the driest hottest southwestern and the driest coldest northwestern states are absent of dead-nettle.). Let sit for at least one month before eating for best flavor/texture. A veterinary pharmacist we met told us, “I’ve seen animals on the brink of total liver failure come back after addition of supportive therapy and milk thistle.” Silymarin is the primary flavonoid in milk thistle seeds believed to offer medicinal benefits. Nice! Food explorer, seed & soil geek, duck evangelist, writer, health nut, and entrepreneur. Thistle emerges from seed as soon as the ground thaws and produces tall flower stalks with gorgeous showy pink flowers from spring – summer. Both plants contain oxalic acid which can be toxic if used in excessive amounts. Roots can be harvested any time. No worries Andi. Stinging nettle can be found in every state except for Hawaii. Place a bag over the mature wind-pollinated seed heads if you want to harvest their seeds. The leaves on young dead nettle plants are green. Cover the jar with a paper towel or cheese cloth, held in place with a rubber band or string. © 2020 - Tyrant Farms. If you have information about the edibility of dock roots, please let us know in the comments! All Rights Reserved. All parts of the lamb’s quarter are edible: leaves, seeds, and flower shoots. Searching! Oct 19, 2013 - Explore P Foster's board " curly dock" on Pinterest. They’re highly nutrient-rich, offer flavorful greens in the middle of the summer when most leafy greens have long since disappeared, and produce a protein-rich seed/pseudocereal harvest as well. I read that Thistle Seed is eaten by Goldfinches and they use the fully stuff to line their nests with. Lamb’s quarter leaves taste like nutty spinach. Clean thoroughly and remove roots. amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; Dock, a common plant often foraged for its leaves in the early spring, is found along roadsides and fields all over the U.S. and Canada. The leaves are best harvested in the late winter – spring before the plants produce flower stalks. The seed heads are also decorative and can be collected for ornamental flower arrangements.REF. Purslane is a succulent, so it adds wonderful texture to various raw dishes (our favorite way to eat purslane is raw). We often use it as a garnish or in mixed green winter salads. Wood sorrel shoot with flowers. Regardless of how it comes, it makes a Vitamin-C packed edible plant with a distinctly citrusy flavor. Chickweed thrives in cool-cold weather. If not, you should be angry at your parents for making you miss out on this essential childhood rite. Our wild plantain usually dies back to the ground after heavy freezes, then re-emerges in the spring. Description: Broad-leaved Dock is a perennial, aromatic weed. Pigweed seeds can be harvested by either cutting entire plant and hanging it upside down over a bucket or placing bags over the mature seed heads. Once cooked, stinging nettle loses its stinging ability and becomes a delicious vegetable. Strain, add honey and/or lemon juice to taste, then serve. I came across a very showy patch during a recent outing in Howard County. It prefers soils with high nitrogen content. It is native to Europe which is now available in United States, Australia, New Zealand and others. There are dozens of species of pigweed amaranth, varying by region. Other edible docks include R. occidentalis (western dock), R. longifolius (yard dock), and R. stenphyllus (field dock). November 19, 2012. The most common species are Rumex crispus ( the biennial Curly dock), and R. obtusifolius (the perennial Bitter or broadleaf dock). Purslane doesn’t pack a ton of flavor, but the flavor is mild and pleasant, not unlike lettuce. Bittercress grows from fall-spring, going to seed as soon as the weather warms in the spring. This wild edible has a patter that makes identification a breeze. Broad leaf dock top, curly dock bottom. Chop and add wild garlic bulbs and leaves with any wild mushrooms (like, add wood sorrel leaves and flowers to mixed green salads. See more ideas about wild edibles, wild food, foraged food. Place in jar with your favorite brine recipe, then refrigerate. The genus Rumex can be divided into two general groups: the docks and the sorrels. Curly dock, for example, contains more vitamin C than oranges and more vitamin A than carrots. Stinging nettle is one of the first plants to break dormancy once the ground thaws in winter/spring. Pigweed flower shoots can be sautéed or stir-fried. Chickweed leaves taste like corn silk. Leaves Lower leaves are petioled, may be reddish-veined, flat with a heart-shaped base and very broad, up to 6 inches wide and 12 inches long. Japanese honeysuckle is considered an invasive plant. Japanese honeysuckle flowers. For us, henbit is at peak from February – March, and gone by April. Lamb’s quarters grow in every US state except for Hawaii. The midrib of younger thistle leaves is best; compost the spiny outer edges. Rather than use space in this article ranting about all-grass lawns, you can read our musings on the subject here if you’re interested. R. obtusifoliushas long, broad, oval- to lance-shaped leaves with small greenish flowers that turn red as they mature. Broad-leaved Dock are perennial plants that are sometimes known as butter dock, cushy-cows, kettle dock or smair dock. The pain subsides almost instantly. amzn_assoc_linkid = "cfa110b31d61880f22b8923f1c1359d4"; Like many other edible plants, sheep sorrel has high concentrations of oxalic acid, so people with kidney conditions should avoid eating large quantities of it at once. Above ground leaves stretch to 2′ tall and carrot-like tap roots grow over 3′ deep, especially when growing in rich soil. However, wood sorrel is not closely related to either of these plants. In other areas of the country, people describe henbit’s flavor as having notes of celery and pepper. Strain off flowers. document.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "a86c724be705ecf8e2a6b9d0637efd8e" );document.getElementById("i6418fbb03").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read our blog! She’s making our sparkling honeysuckle cordial recipe with these flowers (see recipe below). Use dead-nettle in mixed-green salads or in dishes that call for cooked greens. Sheep sorrel tastes like lemons and can even be used to make “lemon pies.” When I was a kid, I loved chewing on the young flower stems of sheep sorrel, which also impart a nice lemony flavor. It grows from fall – spring in our area (Zone 7b), seeding out and dying in the spring. Interesting to hear that they use the seed fluff to line their nests – certainly seems like a good material for the task. Older stems are more fibrous and can’t easily be snapped off by hand – at this stage they’re not very good for eating. Bittercress is common in warm-mild states throughout the US. Even if you’re not an intentional gardener, chances are your yard is full of wild edible plants — assuming you don’t treat your landscape like a chemical warfare battlefield. bitter dock, bluntleaf dock, broad leaved dock, broad-leaf dock, broadleaf dock, broad-leaved dock, celery seed Origin The exact native range of this species is obscure, but it is thought to be native to northern and western Europe (i.e. Sheep sorrel leaves, stems, and flower shoots are edible. Broadleaf Dock has a bit lemony flavor and usually not bitter at all, which I find very tasty. Allow the brew to steep for 30 to 60 minutes. Bittercress edible parts/uses: The leaves, flowers, and … Broad-leaved dock grows on a … Due to the plant’s invasive growth habit, consider removing honeysuckle from your yard to prevent its spread and foraging the flowers elsewhere. Mom always makes sure to send me pictures of her garden and foraging hauls, which helps to rub in the fact that she gets earlier harvests than we do. Find out how to ID, grow, forage, and use plantain in our detailed article. Daisy – A Foraging Guide to Its Food, Medicine and Other Uses, Rowan or Mountain Ash – A Foraging Guide to Its Food, Medicine and Other Uses. Aaron is the former farm manager at Oak Hill Cafe & Farm, a no-till, permaculture, farm-to-table restaurant & farm located right down the street from his alma mater, Furman University, in Greenville, SC. Docks have grown in Britain since three ice ages ago, and remains of dock have been found in places where people once farmed, such as the ancient Celts. Both plants are very nutritious. Chickweed is one of our favorite edible weeds, because: 1) our ducks enjoy it even more than we do, 2) it grows in dense, lush patches which makes harvesting large quantities of chickweed easy. Yes, many common weeds are edible. ), how to ID, grow, forage, and use plantain in our detailed article, How to grow American groundnuts in your garden, Potted citrus garden video tour (Zone 7b), Recipe: Sugar-free persimmon cranberry relish, substitute henbit in dead-nettle recipes from #4 on this list, add henbit leaves and flowers to mixed green salads, Honeysuckle flowers, organic cane sugar, water (preferably non-chlorinated), citric acid (or lemon juice). The young leaves and growth shoots of stinging nettle are edible. The leaves, stems, flowers, and seeds of chickweed plants are edible. The last plantain in our yard–the only one which survived the long, brutal summer without water. Plantain offers the best flavor in cool – cold weather from fall through spring. Plantain (pronounced plan-tin) is a perennial leafy plant in the Plantaginaceae family that often behaves as an annual or biennial plant. Both plants are in the Amaranthaceae family, both were important Native American crops, and both are hated by modern US farmers. It is one of commonest British native plants. Its stalk and root are edible as well. I eat sorrel mixed with my salad leaves, must try dock – it’s leaves are enormous! Our domesticated ‘buckshorn’ plantain grew straight through our relatively mild 2018-19 winter uncovered. The bulbs are best dug in either late winter (before the plant has started putting energy into leaf growth) or fall (after a full growing season). Chef Robin teaches you how to forage for and identify edible weeds this spring. Buckshorn plantain leaves and edible flower head. You can make and eat acorn flour, but oak trees aren’t a “weed.”. The leaves can be eaten any time. Once bottled and refrigerated, honeysuckle cordial can last for up to 1 year. ---Description---It is a large and spreading plant, its stout stems 2 to 3 feet high, the leaves 6 to 12 inches long, with rather slender foot-stalks, the margins waved and the end or apex of the leaf rounded.The flowers are small, green and numerous, arranged in whorled spikes at the ends of the stem. Dock, a common plant often found along roadsides and fields, is most often foraged for its tart leaves in the early spring. We can definitely attest to goldfinches loving to eat thistle seed from our plants! Raw leaves are best eaten young and tender; older leaves are better cooked. It shares a common name with sheep sorrel, and it even tastes like sheep sorrel (lemony). amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "tyrafarm-20"; Dock is best harvested in cool/cold weather. Learn how to ID and use them in recipes to enjoy nutrient-rich, flavorful foods growing right outside your door. My mom lives on the coast in Mt. The stalk, roots and young leaves of dock are edible, too. Wood sorrel is dormant in the winter, but abundant in all other seasons. Like lamb’s quarters, pigweed is a warm weather crop. We see wood sorrel with multicolored leaves. Flowers are harvested spring – summer. They can also trigger hayfever or aggravate asthma in some people. They don’t begin to blush purple until they mature. Thistle roots can be dug and roasted. By Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren – Purple Deadnettle, CC BY 2.0, Link. It is often agreed that the youngest plants are best and make a tasty ‘spinach’,REF while others find the taste ‘sour’ but ‘hearty’.REF, Serve the greens with butter, bacon, hard-boiled eggs and seasoning.REF The leaves can also be stuffed like vine leaves with a rice, herb and cheese filling.REF Dried they can be used as a seasoning for rice, potatoes, seafood or sandwich spread.REF. Pickled wild garlic – Dig or pull wild garlic bulbs. Stinging nettle is the bane of many hikers and outdoor enthusiasts’ existence. Henbit leaves, stems, and flowers are edible. You can harvest stinging nettle aggressively from the time it emerges until warm weather triggers the plant to go to seed. Rumex spp., commonly known as broadleaf dock, cushy-cows, butterdock, kettle dock, curly dock and smair dock, is a species of flowering plant in a buckwheat family Polygonaceae. Measure the quantity of lightly packed honeysuckle flowers (for instance 1 cup), then place flowers in glass jar/container. The aerial parts are a food source and the roots have strong medicinal values. Small, greenish white flowers appear on tall spikes. Notice that on the edge of the leaf of Curly Dock there is a wavy “crisped” margin and also its relative thinness and “lancelike” shape. There are species of thistle found in every US state. There are innumerable species of wood sorrel in our bioregion alone, and they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. One of my favorite ways to make broadleaf plantain is to fry it up with green onions. As the weather warms and the plant begins growing quickly/producing a flower stalk, the leaves become more bitter and fibrous. Even if you don’t have a garden, your yard is probably full of wild edible weeds. The leaves, flowers, and seeds of purslane are edible. The seeds are useful and interestingly, yellow dock seeds are viable for up to 80 years. Sheep sorrel goes dormant in the winter and springs to life in the spring, spreading rapidly via underground runners and seeds. Broadleaf plantain leaves have an ovate shape with deeply ribbed veins. Purslane seeds germinate in the spring and the leaves and flowers can be harvested vigorously throughout the summer. We also write for Edible Upcountry Magazine, so be sure to check out our articles over there as well! The leaves can be to salads, the seeds can be added to vinegar, and dig the root early in the spring or late in the fall to tincture for an amazing medicine. I’ll try eating it. It’s closely related to dead-nettle (#4 on this list). For instance, you can technically eat grass and clover, but they’re not very tasty. How to Cook Broadleaf Plantain. Perhaps our henbit’s flavor is different due to our particular subspecies or terroir. Lamb’s quarters may be my favorite edible weed since it’s a summer green that produces large quantities of leaves on giant plants. Broad-leaved dock is a common plant that grows on waste ground, in hedgerows, gardens and roadside verges, and next to water all over the UK. Despite the name, burdock (burr dock) is actually in another plant family (Articum spp), though it is also healthy and useful. amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; One of the unfortunate side effects of building our soil health over the years is that many edible weeds that grow in poor/degraded soil (like purslane) no longer grow in our yard, so we have to forage them. Small, greenish white flowers appear on tall spikes. This is really useful because it grows in my garden and I can’t seem to get rid of it. He also serves on the board of the Diversified Agriculture Committee for the South Carolina Farm Bureau. Or as Ralph Waldo Emerson put it, “A weed is just a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”. Gather a bunch of honeysuckle flowers, doing your best to keep the whole flower intact. It is a good source of nutrition as well as a multitude of health benefits. Small, dainty plant habits and mounding plant habits. There are dozens of species of thistle, but farmers and ranchers tend to hate them all. Broadleaf plantain is a common weed that many people tend to easily recognize yet there is nothing common about this plant. For each cup of honeysuckle flowers, add 1 cup sugar, 3 cups water, and 1 teaspoon citric acid. amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; Don’t store bottles out of the fridge or the bottles can explode (refrigeration keeps the cultures dormant which reduces CO2 production). The leaves and flowers of wood sorrel are edible. Since dock plants are perennial, the same plant will sprout under last years stalk in the spring. In North America, there are 25 species of Dock. It seems only fitting that pigweed amaranth be next on the edible weed list after lamb’s quarters. Both plants are native to Britain and Ireland and naturalised in North America. Stinging nettle growing in late winter at Tyrant Farms. The most common wild plantains are narrowleaf plantain (Plantago lanceolata) and broadleaf plantain (Plantago major). In fact, farmers’ and pesticide companies’ attempts to eradicate pigweed has taken quite an environmental and economic toll. Also known as Broad-leaved Dock, Bitter Dock, Bluntleaf Dock, Dock Leaf or ButterDock. I wrote a primer on harvesting and using dock seed flour, including half a dozen recipes … R. hymenosepalus (wild rhubarb) is common in the desert in the American Southwest. Bittercress is a dainty, cold weather plant that tastes like a mustard green (it’s in the same plant family as mustard). Dead-nettle is a cool weather plant that emerges and blooms as soon as the ground thaws in late winter – early spring. The leaves have a strong “greens” flavor and are best eaten young. Sheep sorrel stems are best eaten when they’re still young and tender and can be pinched off with your fingernails. This wild edible makes a tasty addition to salsa, pesto, and juices. Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus) Most fields, waste places, roadsides, and weedy yards are good locations to find yellow dock (aka ~ curly dock, sour dock, narrow dock, garden patience and curled dock. Pulverizing raw stinging nettle in a blender with citrus juice also neutralizes the sting (even without cooking it). Older leaves become chewy and eventually fibrous. broad-leaved dock (rumex obtusifolius) If this recipe is starting to sound worryingly bitter, don’t fear: I’ve never been a big fan of the bitterness of dandelions (though they do make a mean tonic ) and only really enjoy most dock varieties when very young (with the exception of sorrel), but this recipe tempers them both perfectly. Every part of the dandelion plant is edible: leaves, flowers, and roots. Ha! The leaves, stems, and flowers of purple dead-nettle plants are edible. The winter rains, which are just beginning, will have plantain sprouting all over Southern California soon. Vigorously stir the concoction at least twice per day with a spoon. Still searching for my huge Alaskan Bee. While we certainly empathize with farmers trying to make a profit, one has to scratch their heads at the wisdom of poisoning entire ecosystems in order to kill a traditional food crop that develops resistance to whatever poison you throw at it in order to plant a different food crop (or cotton). There’s a band of states in the middle of the country, from the Dakotas down to Texas, where wild garlic is seldom if ever found. Boil 4 cups water, yellow dock and vanilla for 15 minutes. Purslane is also very high in Vitamins E and C. Chickens purportedly love purslane. You can use broadleaf plantain as a substitute for lettuce or greens of any type in salads and recipes. Wild garlic grows in the eastern and western US. amzn_assoc_title = "Our Favorite Foraging Recipe Books"; We’ve got good news: the adult version of you can now easily make honeysuckle flower cordial (see recipe below). Another great benefit of plantains: nothing works better to dull the pain of a fire ant or bee sting (at least for The Tyrant and me). Stinging nettle soup is one of our favorite winter/spring dishes, and stinging nettle tea is delightful any time of year. Can’t find any to ID better. Privacy Policy. Start by knowing that there are a number of varied species, some native and some invasive. Pigweed can be found in every US state. Like grass-fed beef and eggs from truly free-range ducks/chickens, purslane packs a lot of omega-3 fatty acids. They produce large quantities of fruits and seeds, which can be boiled into a mush or ground and added to flour or meal for making bread, muffins and gravies.REF The stems of young plants can be chopped, simmered and sweetened with honey as a substitute for rhubarb pie. I have been eating dock for a while, love it! Bittercress is absent only in the coldest, northernmost states. Its stalk, root, and seed are also edible. The young leaves are tender and succulent. There are various species, such as curly dock (Rumex crispus), and bitter or broadleaf dock (R. obtusifolius). amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; Recipes for other parts of the milk thistle plant can be found. More for us. Plantain (Plantago spp) can be found in every US state. Share this post. Dandelion flower wine (tons of great dandelion wine recipes here! :) Food, Foraging, Preparedness, Recipes. Turn off the heat, stir in burdock and cover. Quite like the stronger taste of the older leaves. Let steep for 10 minutes. 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