Many call them weeds, but we call wild herbs: So that Giersch & Co. no longer ends up on the compost, we show you here how you can use them sensibly.Weeds can also be used sensibly
Most gardeners destroy any weed plants in their garden areas, although many varieties could still be used in the kitchen and sometimes even with powerful healing effects. One reason why some of these weed plants are even referred to by experts as wild herbs, wild vegetables or as medicinal herbs. In principle, almost everything can still be used sensibly today. Even green waste can be used sensibly.
The usable and sometimes even edible weed plants in our gardens and along the wayside include, among others, the still young nettle, the dandelion, the white plantain, the sorrel, the daisy, the shepherd's purse, the chickweed, the ribwort and the Giersch. Many of these plants also contain a very high vitamin content and numerous minerals, which is why we would like to introduce you to the care, harvesting and usability of these varieties.
Cultivation and care of wild herbs
Wild Cultivation of wild herbs:
In many wildflower meadows, a large part of the plants just mentioned forms almost automatically. That is why you usually do not have to plant all of these wild herbs at all. However, if you miss a very special plant in your wildflower meadow, you can find it in late summer and / or autumn in the great outdoors, harvest its seeds and then plant them in your own meadow. You can then start harvesting these varieties the following year.
➥ Care of wild herbs:
You should take care of your meadow by not mowing it over a long period of time so that the wild herbs can develop their full bloom. Fertilizing the meadow is usually not necessary, which makes harvesting the plants even more valuable!
So you can use nettle, Giersch & Co.
Young nettles have an extremely high vitamin C content, but also vitamin B, iron, calcium and many other minerals, which is why this wild plant is also preferred as a medicinal plant, for example for inflammation of the joints.
A fresh nettle spinach or home-made nettle cheese, on the other hand, tastes delicious. Recommended reading: 5 delicious nettle recipes presented.
You can also use nettles optimally as a biological fertilizer for all garden plants by producing a nettle stock or nettle slurry with which you water your plants.
The particularly iron-rich dandelion has numerous vitamins, minerals and trace elements. In folk medicine it is considered to be appetizing and digestive. A special 4- to 6-week dandelion cure also stimulates the entire human metabolism.
In the kitchen, dandelions are often used in salads (young leaves), processed as dandelion syrup or jelly, in quark dishes and as an aromatic refinement of pasta dough, for example.
You can quickly treat an insect bite with a crushed leaf of the white plantain. In addition, the plucked leaves are suitable as a marjoram-like spice when dried, and they can also be used to make herbal teas.
Fresh leaves and the buds also refine every salad. Just give it a try and convince yourself of the great taste.
In our neighboring countries France and Belgium, the creamy sweet soup is quite popular, while the iron-containing sorrel is increasingly processed in the form of spinach. However, you can also mix his young leaves with various salads. The sorrel can also give an omelette a very special note.
The half-opened flowers of the daisy are extremely decorative in any fresh salad and have a delicious, nut-like taste. It is important, however, that you really only pick half-opened flowers, because the fully opened flowers could cause a slightly bitter taste in the salad.
The shepherd's purse grows thin and inconspicuous at the edges of the path and is therefore often hardly noticed. It is also one of the plants rich in vitamin C and is therefore often used to prepare herbal teas. You can brew it fresh or in a dry state with hot water. Simply chop the dried shepherd's purse.
The white-flowered chickweed has an extremely high vitamin C content, which is why you should only enjoy it in smaller quantities in salads. However, if you brew it as tea, you can use the white-flowered chickweed to prevent colds. Always pluck the chickweed in portions in both cases.
Ribwort is one of the herb plants and is therefore mostly harvested, dried and chopped as a complete plant so that it can then be enjoyed as a healing tea all year round. It helps well with persistent colds with mucus formation.
If, on the other hand, you process the still fresh plantain with sugar and honey into syrup, you can also preserve it all year round. In this form, the plantain is also recommended for external use, for example for rubbing insect bites and for mild neurodermatitis.
Giersch, which is also very rich in vitamin C, can be prepared as a salad (still using young leaves), as a soup spice and as a vegetable (similar to spinach, but cook without stalks), its taste reminiscent of a mixture of conventional spinach and parsley.
The Giersch also contains potassium, iron and carotene, which can have a positive detoxifying effect on the human body.