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Tasty ways to use your backyard weeds

Try a few recipes using weeds that may be growing in your yard. Don't forget the dandelions, great in a salad, or greens sauteed with oil and garlic.

Dock Seed Brownies

Toast your harvested dock seed after drying and an initial sifting to remove stems, foreign material and loose chaff for 5 minutes at 350 F. Grind the cooled seed in a coffee grinder or anything that will give a fine grind. (approx. 5 cups of seed will make 1 cup of flour). Use room temperature eggs that have been beaten for about 5 minutes to lighten up your brownies. Here is a recipe from that seems to have the method down pat!


1 cup butter softened

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 cup coconut sugar

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

3 large eggs room temperature

1/2 cup dock seed flour *

1/4 cup flour of your choice or use all dock seed flour

3/4 cups cocoa powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

3/4 cups chopped nuts optional



1. Heat oven to 350°F.

2. Grease the bottom of an 8 x 8, or 9 x 9 baking pan.

3. Cream butter, maple syrup, coconut sugar and vanilla extract.

4. Add eggs and beat on high speed for 5 minutes. (Don’t skip this important step).

5. Combine flour, cocoa, and salt. Add to egg mixture and beat on low until just blended. Do not over blend.

6. Stir in nuts, if using.

7. Spread the batter into the greased pan.

8. Bake for 35–40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool before cutting into squares.


Jumping Jack Wraps

If you want to try something different, give these garlic mustard wraps a try from


Garlic mustard leaves 20-30

Couscous 100g

Vegetable stock 185ml

Parsley finely chopped

Thyme 1 tsp

Raisins 1 tbsp

Pine nuts 1 tbsp

Lemon juice 1 tbsp



Blanch the garlic mustard leaves in a pan of boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon, then dunk in cold water and pat each one dry with kitchen/paper towel.


In a large bowl, cover the couscous with the freshly boiled stock. Cover the bowl with a plate and leave for 5 to 6 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Then fluff the couscous with a spoon and stir in the herbs and remaining ingredients.


Place a teaspoon-sized amount of the mixture in the centre of each leaf. Fold the sides in and roll like a burrito. Serve as a side or snack.



Pineapple Weed Tea

From: Makes one 32 oz. cup 


· 1 tbs. dried pineapple weed or a few sprigs of fresh pineapple weed

· 5 fresh mint leaves

· honey to taste

· a few tablespoons of milk (optional, to taste)

Heat a kettle of water to just shy of boiling. Put pineapple weed and mint leaves into a French press. Pour hot water into press and let everything steep for 3-4 minutes. Press, and pour into cups. Stir in honey and milk to taste.

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