Is it safe to eat weeds?

Dandelions are a popular kind of weed.( iStock)

Consider the poor, unloved weed: the scourge of gardeners, that reliable representative of unchecked growth, the rangy opportunist peeking from crackings in the sidewalks.

Now consider eating it.

Consider the wild, bitter flavor that’s common to many undomesticated edible greens. Consider feeing these plants as part of a holiday gala, as one may do in Japan, or feeing them slow-cooked in a stew with pork and chiles, as is commonly done in Mexico . Weeds aren’t factory-farmed; they’re optimized to the conditions of wherever they happen to be growing; “they il be”, by definition, a local food. Pluscheap as hell.

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