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13 Weeds You Can Eat Without Dying

Fancy feasts from your own backyard—fo' free! Also great if you're ever stranded in the wild and need to not die.

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3. Lamb's Quarters

Taste: Close cousin to spinach; also known as "wild spinach."

Best cooked: Sautéed, or if you're feeling a little adventurous, mashed into a yummy and healthy pesto.

BONUS: Full of calcium, protein, and vitamins, this weed is one of the healthiest wild-grown veggies you can have.

Found specifically in the northeast region.


5. Red Clovers

Taste: Sweet and floral.

Best cooked: Not cooked, but kept raw! Or steeped in a hot tea.

BONUS: When used in teas, It helps eases symptoms of a cold and it's got a generous amount of calcium, magnesium, potassium, niacin, thiamine, and Vitamin C.

*but take precautions when ingesting during pregnancy

6. Plantains (no, the other kind)

Taste: Nutty and asparagus-like.

Best cooked: By boiling and/or sautéing its leaves.

BONUS: Plantain weeds are literally found in most backyards/sidewalk cracks but they have a great nutritional palette of iron and important vitamins and minerals.