Wild Greens

There's a world of tasty, free-for-the-picking edible wild greens in fields, in vacant lots, alongside streams, and even shooting up among your own garden crops!

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[PHOTO 1] Curled dock has slender, wavy-edged leaves that can reach over two feet in length, but such older blades should be boiled in two changes of water to remove any bitterness. [PHOTO 2] The Latin name for lamb's-quarters, Chenopodium album or "white goosefoot," refers to the leaf's shape and light undercoating. [PHOTO 3] Amaranth is sometimes grown for its seeds rather than its greens. [PHOTO 4] Even Henry David Thoreau liked purslane!