Backyard plants you can eat!

Backyard plants you can eat!

Gardeners tend to grow daylilies, dahlias, and hostas for their ornamental beauty, but many garden favorites are also delicious. Although we no longer require foraging to survive, the process allows us to try new and unique flavors that are not available at our local grocery. Rose hip soup, dahlia tube bread, flower sorbets, and fritters are just a few of the many options.

Ornamental plants that can do double duty. These plants are both delicious and beautiful, and they also grow well in containers. You can plant edible ornamentals in your garden so you can also have your garden! berries like goji, Aronia, and elderberries, currants, and hardy Kiwi, such as blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are ideal for containers.

Backyard plants you can eat!

Uncultivated, untended backyards are often full of food, including edible greens, even though we may not be aware. They are often wild cousins to gourmet crops and have more nutrients per leaf than their cultivated counterparts. They have a stronger flavor. Most likely, you already have some of these species in your yard. Let’s find out more


It is a homely plant that is extremely difficult to eradicate but very easy to harvest. There are many medicinal and edible uses for the leaves, roots, as well as the flowers. The easiest way to use the dandelion leaves is to just pick the smaller ones at the bottom of the clump. These are the most tender and most bitter, and then chop them finely. The yellow petals are a great garnish.


This weed’s thick, teardrop-shaped leaves have a unique, succulent, mucilaginous texture. It is a cross between spinach, okra, and spinach. When purslane is mixed with other weed species, its mild flavor balances the stronger flavors.

Sheep Sorrel

French sorrel is a closely related weed, which is a gourmet green that has a distinctively tangy taste. Although the arrow-shaped leaves are similar in flavor, they are smaller and slightly bitter. Although you wouldn’t eat a salad made only from this plant, it can be chopped finely and is delicious.

Curly Dock

Curly dock leaves are another tangy cousin to French sorrel. They are larger than sheepsorrel. They can also be tougher so make sure to pick the young ones and only use them in salads.

Wood Sorrel

This plant is not related to any other sorrels, despite its name. It shares a similar tangy taste. However, it has a different texture with soft, almost succulent foliage.

Quarters for Lambs

This is one the most popular garden weeds and also one of their most delicious. These make excellent substitutes for spinach in salads. Lamb’s quarters can reach up to head height, but they are more tender if the plants are no higher than your knee.


This twining, sprawling plant has tiny leaves. For salads, you will want to collect the whole clumps of stems and leaves. Chickweed can be compared to baby lettuce for its tenderness and neutral taste.


Plantain leaves are a bit chewy and thick so they should be used sparingly in salads. Chop the tenderest, smallest leaves and chop them finely. They have a neutral flavor, but are packed with nutrients.

Garlic Mustard

It tastes similar to mustard greens, which it is closely related to, with a hint garlic flavor. The leaves can be eaten when they are young. However, if the plants get taller and produce flowers, then you can also eat them.


All violet leaves and violas can be eaten, even the tiny weedy ones which often invade gardens and lawns. The delicate flowers are also delicious.