Foraging Wild Henbit

Henbit, also known as “deadnettle,” shows up as a weed in the wild but is actually a mild leafy green that holds up well to seasoning.


| October 2016



Henbit

There are a few distinctive features of this plant, but the simplest are the tubular, purple-pink flowers.


Photo by Leda Meredith

Inexpensive, fun, and yielding delicious results, foraging for local, natural plants is gaining popularity across the nation. Experienced foraging guide Leda Meredith has written The Forager’s Feast (The Countryman Press, 2016) to break down everything you might need to know about the sensation. Learn to identify edible plants in the wild, how to harvest them without harming the growing plant, and try some original recipes while you’re at it!

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: The Forager’s Feast.

Henbit/Deadnettles

Lamium amplexicaule, L. purpureum, and other edible Lamiums

These common weeds grow on several continents and have the virtue of being able to withstand fairly cold temperatures. Henbit is a reliable forage, even during winter in most places.

Find

Henbit likes disturbed soils and often shows up as a garden and farm weed. It is a common plant in city parks.





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