It has always amused me that people spend money on toxic sprays and then spend more money to buy back dandelion greens and teas of the roots and leaves. Don't kill the weeds, eat them.




Must be out-of-doors enough to get experience of wholesome reality as a balance to thought and sentiment. Health requires relaxation, this aimless life

Henry David Thoreaux





Midnight Sun Herbal Health

A Complementary and Alternative Health Practice


There are many plants in the garden and in the wild that are edible and some of these plants are also medicinal. In earlier times, however, before there were grocery stores, wild plants were part of the daily diet. All in all, there are thousands of edible plants around the planet, used as food, but most people concentrate their intake around six to nine of them, or less. The plants I have selected are the ones I am happy to see emerge in the spring in my garden. I use them as part of salads or cooked in dishes. It is important to to only use plants or plant parts that have grown in soil that is known not to have been sprayed with chemicals or have not been visited by dogs and cats and no plant should ever be used, unless it has been positively identified. You can click on each image above to find more information on that plant. (The brief bit of information on this page and the explanatory page is to be considered as education only, please consult with a a botanist or herbalist for more information)

Click on each image to learn more

Allowing some of these plants space in your garden and planting certain others will encourage wildlife such as honey bees, butterflies, birds, beneficial amphibians and other creatures a space to live and flourish which in the end helps our planet and a step in the direction of in curbing Global Warming.

Bodil's garden is a Certified Wildlife Habitat. For more info. go to National Wildlife Federation. Check it out.

Edible weeds

lambs quarters chickweed dandelion clover

eldeberry hairy lettucemulberry

pylewortviolet burdockagelica

sow's thistle

Common SunflowerCanada Hemlock


Edible Flowering (cultivated) Plants


broomprickly pear valerian

New Dawn roseFennelCommon Pansy. The flowers are edibleDaylily


Sage Fig


Bodil is available for classes and lecture on this subject.

For further information about edible plants and safety, refer to resources such as Peterson Field Guides -Edible Wild Plants; Peterson's Field guides on Medicinal Plants and other recognized resources on identification. Never eat a plant that has not been positively identified. Foraging in parks is illegal and get permission if you forage on someone else's land. Do not forage on contaminated lands.

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Salad with violet leaves, chickweed, dandelion, lambsquarters, chives and flowers: pansy, rose petals, primrose, chives and nasturtium.



Nettle soup and green garden pesto



Holiday meal with daylily spuds and fig chutney