PLANTAIN (Plantago major) Not related to the banana, this is a plantain only in name. The oval leaves have 3-5 parallel veins and a rubbery feel. Not only are these leaves good to eat raw or cooked, they can also be mashed and applied to bee stings for rapid relief.
DANDELION (Taraxacum officinale) This bitter herb is the King of the urban jungle. It can be found growing happily anywhere in the city. It has many redeeming qualities, including its use as a tonic and a roasted root coffee.
GARLIC MUSTARD (Alliaria petiolata) With the look of a mustard and the spicy scent of garlic, this nutritious non-native plant can create thick patches of flavorful greens in city parks and open spaces. It can be growing in sun and shade alike, so look for it almost anywhere.
WILD GARLIC (Allium spp.) This can be the best condiment for your foraging feast. Look for this one in sunny parks, people's yards, and any other open ground. The leaves and bulbs are good raw or cooked.
LAMBS QUARTERS (Chenopodium album) This native American weed seems to enjoy disturbed soil and busy areas. It can grow tall (2 meters) in good soil, and it provides the best spinach substitute available throughout its growing season. The small black seeds can be shaken into a bowl, and ground into flour.
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