Friday, June 06, 2008

Would you eat a weed?

We have this area in our front yard, kind of next to our driveway, that is just basically a strip of dirt. (there were some bushes in there but we pulled them out) So all that happens in this area is that weeds grow. Well a month or two ago I was pulling weeds out and in one small area it smelled strongly like mint. Hmm. Okay. Then again a few weeks ago, I was weeding and in the same area, I smelled mint. I called Geoff over and he was like "yeah, you're right! Weird!" So yesterday I was weeding that same strip and when I got to that area I looked for what I THOUGHT was the alleged "mint" and didn't pull it out. There were three "mint" plants, so I pulled one out and smelled mint again - confirming that the plant I thought was the "mint" was in fact that plant. I asked Geoff if he thought we could eat the "mint" and he said NO!!!! You can't eat a weed! But then I read on the all-knowing wiki about mint and it said that mint DOES in fact grow like a weed and I very scientifically matched a wikipedia picture to my "mint" plant. (my "mint" is spearmint) I consulted with a coworker this morning who said she would definitely eat the mint. So, would YOU eat a weed?


marisa said...

absolutely!! we had spearmint growing like that next to our porch as a kid - very edible! i was actually thinking it'd be nice to plant some mint at the house to use as garnish.

live_wire232 said...

We had it all over the place growing up, ate it all the time, and lived to tell about it!

In elementary school I took an Oregon Trail history class and I have very vivid memories of my teacher bringing in dandelion muffins one time! She said that the dandelion was originaly brought over from England, because it was a hardy plant and every part of it is edible. (Supposedly the leaves are great in salad!) Unfortunately, the dandelion adapted a little too well to our climate...

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