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    Posted on February 2nd, 2011 Pam No comments

    “A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”
    –Ralph Waldo Emerson

    A weed is a plant that is growing where you don’t want it. Some weeds have medicinal purposes, or can be used to season recipes. Some attract benifical insects while others are used to repel pests.

    “Known variously as “pigweed”, “pitseed”, “goosefoot”, “huauzontle”, or “lambsquarters”, Chenopodium berlandieri is an annual herbaceous plant widely regarded as a weed. However, several varieties are grown for food, utilizing different characteristics of the plant…Varieties of pigweed are grown for the broccoli-like seed heads; other varieties are grown for grain; still others are grown because the leaves of the plant are much like spinach.”

    “Tansy is not a culinary herb as it has a very bitter taste. It is best used as an insect repellent. Use dried tansy in bags and pomanders to repel moths in clothes cupboards. Plant around the dog’s kennel. A pot on the kitchen window sill will help repel flies and strewing the barbecue table with bunches of tansy leaves is a good idea. Add the leaves to the compost bin as they are rich in potassium. An infusion of the leaves can be used as spray to repel garden pests.”

    Perslane – “The seeds of purslane or pigweed have recently been found to be an excellent source of ‘Omega 3’ fatty acids, and research is being done into how they may be utilised to improve our diet. They may be fed to pigs and poultry to improve the Omega 3 content of their meat and eggs. The leaves can also be used as a substitute for spinach, as a salad vegetable or included in cooked meat dishes. Traditionally, purslane was valued as a treatment for digestive disorders, as an anti-inflammatory and for respiratory problems.

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