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Why you should eat more weeds

Find the idea of eating dandelions challenging? Don’t: they are a rich source of minerals and vitamins – and our gardens are full of them

I’ve said this before, but we should eat more weeds. Perhaps it’s tiresome, but I am not giving up – because wild things are good for our health. Plus, your garden has plenty. Dandelions, for instance, are a rich source of potassium and a good source of other minerals and vitamins, including iron, magnesium, calcium and vitamins A, B and C. Your average lettuce leaf can’t compete with that.

The plant is a diuretic, hence the French name, pissenlit, from pisse-en-lit, wet the bed. Coupled with the potassium, this makes it a powerful yet gentle medicine where a diuretic may be needed. It’s also a valuable liver and kidney tonic, so great for a hangover, as well as good for all sorts of skin problems, from acne to eczema. The bitter nature of the leaves means they are great for aiding digestion.

Related: How to make the most of edible umbels | Alys Fowler

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