Video: How to Harvest Chickweed

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Chickweed (Stellaria media) should be harvested before the weather gets hot. Gather the tops of the plants and use in salads, or pull the whole plant up, slice off the root, and use the larger leaves in soups. Chickweed has a nice mild taste.

Not all wild plants are edible
Many, but not all, seasonal weeds are edible, but some are poisonous, so it's critical to identify the plants first before harvesting them and using them in your cooking. Get a good plant-identification guide; here are three of my favorites:

Edible Wild Plants Eastern/Central North America by Lee Allen Peterson

Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants by Steven Foster and James A. Duke

A Digger's Guide to Medicinal Plants by Allen Lockard and Alice Q. Swanson


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