(KIMT) – Gardening season is just around the corner, and it may seem like a pain when pulling weeds, but doing so can actually be good for more than just your backyard.
Katelyn Nicholson, Cerro Gordo County public dietitian, said there are a variety of weeds that can be incorporated in your diet as healthy options.
“Just like any other plant and fruits, weeds go along with that,” said Nicholson. “They’re going to be the most dense sources of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that they bestow.”
Weeds that are edible, like clover or dandelion, can be eaten raw or cooked.
“Dandelions, some people use in the supplement cap form as a diuretic, also for vitamins A, C, B and D,” said Nicholson.
Local veteran Michael Baker said food isn’t the only way weeds can be put to use.
“All medication, all prescriptions started years ago as just as a mixture of plants and weeds,” said Baker.
Baker said during his time in the army, he learned about the health benefits of eating weeds. He suggests letting your neighbors know before letting weeds grow outside of the house.
“All you really have to do is talk to your neighbors and tell them that that’s what you’re doing,” said Baker. “Try to keep the dandelions from floating on their yard.”
Nicholson recommends talking with a professional or finding a trustworthy guide online before picking weeds to eat.