Thanks for all your info, long live Wood Sorrel! Wood sorrel is high in vitamin C and also contains vitamin A. Four leaf clovers are lucky, but in a survival situation you will be happy to know that even the normal 3 leaf variety is lucky... by that I mean edible. Thanks! You also have photos of other Oxalis with small pink and/or white flowers which are little bushy ornamental varieties that tend to grow in peoples gardens here but usually dont survive without some watering or care. Mark Falco from Reno, Nevada on March 26, 2011: I first experienced the taste of this on a school trip to Danbury woods umpteen years ago. Several fern varieties are edible and are often called fiddleheads, however, care must be taken as there are also several non-edible varieties that can cause mild to severe illness. Please try again. Terry Boroff (flipflopnana) from FL on April 01, 2011: I see this growing everywhere and just thought it was clover. I would love to share knowledge about edible weeds with homeless people who need food to eat, but I'm not sure how I would do it. Never knew so many weeds were edible! This is very useful information for me. White clover is an alterative like it’s cousin the red clover, meaning it improves the condition of our blood. This is an interesting lens Joan. White clover is the reason we have clover honey. The beautiful orange/yellow flowers of calendula make a beautiful annual in the flower garden, and their bright edible flower petals add color to all manner of dishes. The heart shape is very familiar. Red Clover: An Edible Plant that Packs a Punch - Mom Prepares Flowers. This weekend during a weed walk at a local herb festival, I got another chance to get on my soapbox. Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on March 31, 2012: i never heard about wood sorrel before. Lank lewe die Suurrring! So it is recommended that people with rheumatism consult with a doctor for advice about what limits they should put on their oxalate intake. If you keep your eyes open, you're bound to encounter it. This is said while lawns that could feed and provide healthy supplements to half a dozen families are destroyed in favor of a monoculture of useless green grass. Sharon Hill May 12, 2017, 2:49 pm. No matter how long I work with plants, I’m constantly reminded that we take so much for granted. This year, I’ll be collecting white clover blossoms and leaves. To know about the White Clover Uses, read this article carefully! White clover is preferable to red clover, though both are edible. It’s helpful both internally and externally in cases of gout. Dried leaves can have a hint of vanilla aroma. The plant usually called Wood Sorrel, Oxalis stricta, grows close to the ground and spreads into a large patch with underground runners. Chickweed Flowers. Because it has three leaves on each stem, it is sometimes confused with clover. Its lemony taste is a great addition to a morning salad. People have questioned me on whether or not he should be eating it and I assumed it was fine because I remember eating it as a child. Nicole Pellegrini from New Jersey on March 17, 2012: Fascinating stuff - I would have thought the sorrel was clover as well! I think there's some of this growing near the woods in our backyard--I'll have to try it. It’s helpful both internally and externally in cases of gout. Alexa Lehr Thinks The All-Black Svart Hona Chicken Shines, Side Hustles Can Help You Earn Extra Cash From Your Farm. Raw clover can cause problems with digestion, but it can be made into a juice form. Seeking Pearls from Pueblo West on August 05, 2009: hmm...I'm in Colorado so I wonder if it is growing in this area, it sure does look like shamrock. It has even been made into a tea to use as an eyewash. I had no clue. I try to make very sure I am certain before I try eating any of these plants :), Thank you for the introduction to wood sorrel. Stricta is Latin and means "tight, close, straight, drawn together". Some people use yellow sweet clover to treat varicose veins. The grass was filled with a variety of useful plants but nothing I could allow my group to taste—all but the grass had a yellow tinge and was horribly contorted and mutated as if in agony. I learned the properties of red clover before I learned most of the other herbs in my yard. I bet we've been clueless all these years. While clover is largely considered as either a wild plant messing up your nice lawn, or animal food, it is a good food for humans. The most notable identifying feature is its three heart-shaped leaves. Eat red clover uncooked. Wood sorrel is one of my favorite edible wild plants. Not everyone tolerates clover as an edible. It doesn’t grow tall or have a strong scent. Dried seed pods and flowers ground into powder used as a flour, young flowers in salads. View this post on Instagram ... Chickweed, also known as Stellaria media, is a cool weather plant with edible flowers, stems and leaves found in lawns during the early spring and fall. The plant with bright yellow flowers and small purple freckles on tall stems that grow from one central stem is called Bermuda Buttercup, Sour Grass, or African Sorrel (among other common names) and native to South Africa. White Clover is an edible weed and has many uses along with different benefits. This particular lawn once held plantain, dandelion, violet, chickweed, ajuga and white clover. Is It a "Shamrock"? Likewise, the young leaves are often consumed in salads. 3 But there are a few signs that you can’t (and shouldn’t) eat certain flowers: I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article about whether clover is a weed or not. White clover is an alterative like it’s cousin the red clover, meaning it improves the condition of our blood. Thank you for choosing this service. Consider adding red clover flowers or leaves to: Salads; Soups; Sandwiches and wraps Likewise, dried clover flowers are also great for adding flavor to baked goods as well as jelly and cool beverages. The clover flowers can also be eaten, either raw or steeped into tea. Answer: I've never seen any source that called oxalis poisonous. Some people won't eat anything that grew anywhere in Los Angeles because of the air pollution! Refreshing. Both the leaves and the flowers are edible. A lot of common weeds are transplants that were brought to America by European settlers, but Oxalis stricta is a North American native! What this plant is best known for is its tangy flavor. Some of its purported beneficial properties are: This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional. I will be on the look out next time. The word shamrock is derived from the Irish word seamróg, which means "clover". Pink clover flowers have the best taste. Trained in ethnobotany, she travels across the country to speak about botanical wellness using functional foods and home health proficiency. The leaves are usually green, but sometimes you see plants with reddish leaves. Thanks for all of your info :). Packed with Vitamins A and C, Clovers (especially Red) have a generous amount of fibre, carotene, and protein. NOT EVERY FLOWER/PLANT IS EDIBLE  In fact, sampling some flowers can make you very, very sick. The flowers can be added to jellies during the cooking stage and turn the liquid a lovely violet color. Everybody knows clover and it falls within the group of edible plants. The red clover flowers are the most delicious. At night and in the rain, the leaves and flowers fold in. You wouldn't want to use it as your main salad ingredient, but it adds a wonderful zing to your other salad greens. They are used in teas, syrups and a range of desserts. These are usually cooked as vegetables and eaten. I enjoyed it. I'm glad to hear that it does have some nutritional benefits but I think that I will be limiting him to maybe just a couple of stems a day due to its ability to reduce iron and calcium absorption. White clover’s cousin, red clover (Trifolium pratense), is much showier. very informative lens. Your email address will not be published. Clover is an important food for honeybees and bumblebees, and clover leaves and flowers can be used to add variety to human meals as well. I guess I thought wood sorrel was some type of clover all this time. Clover can be eaten raw but it is safer to boil it first. In the wilderness, it’s hard to spot non-edible flowers. Each leaf has a center crease. We hear so often that we must continue with conventional agriculture and foods produced in laboratories in order to feed the growing human population. I didn't realise it had medicinal properties as well. Perhaps this is the reason that between the two clovers, it is the star in herbal medicine. Instead, I headed into the alleyways between businesses. On our farm, we don’t walk on it carelessly as others tend to. They are a member of the pea family. DANDELION. Additionally, you can use white clover as a substitute for red clover. You need to be extra careful, because the leaves and stems of flowers can be poisonous. There is error while submitting your request. It's also one of my favorite salad ingredients. Now I have to do some inspecting. My older brother shared it with me. White clover is edible, and actually contains some nutrients that will benefit your dog or cat. Living in the middle of the woods like I do, I've wondered how many of the different weeds that grow around here are edible. Mature clover is tough to digest, and may cause bloating. I've always wanted to know more about wood sorrel, as I have eaten and loved it since I was a little girl, but I only knew it's name in my language, Afrikaans, which is Suurrings :). Each flower has 5 petals and a light green calyx with 5 teeth. Wild Flowers. You took me by surprise here too Joan but I shouldn't be after learning about stinging nettle from you. Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on April 01, 2012: Another wonderful page about edible wild plants. ... CLOVER Flowers are sweet with a hint of licorice. Make sure to pick flowers that are free of wilted brown petals. I often voice my opinion about the problems I see our society’s long-standing lawn culture. Required fields are marked *. 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