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Weeds in my soup!

Not quite the one that first comes to mind, but this variety:
Growing very happily in my garden. Made a lovely soup with it: a handful with 1 leek, 2 potatoes, 1 carrot, curry powder, a knife end of chilli powder, turmeric and a few black mustard seeds...delish and healthy (and free!)
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Re: Weeds in my soup!

They call them "Plantain" in this part of Switzerland, what is it in German?
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Old 21.05.2015, 21:17
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They call them "Plantain" in this part of Switzerland, what is it in German?
I wasn't convinced they were plantains, as, as a boy, I used to pick plantains for my rabbits, and they were much broader leafed .... so I google image searched; but apparently, there are different types.

The broad leaf ones I remember are labelled as 'edible' and the ones as the pic. in the OP are labelled just narrow leaf.

It seems strange that only one type (not the OP's) is labelled edible.

Good luck.

..... and I have loads of the narrow leaf variety in my garden - and even the rabbits don't eat them.

These are what I was thinking of:
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Re: Weeds in my soup!

Your rabbits are picky eaters! I recently fed some to a rabbit and her litter, and they happily ate it.
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They call them "Plantain" in this part of Switzerland, what is it in German?
Spitzwegerich (plantago lanceolata). Wegerich means plantain, and Spitz means pointed as in Latin lanceolata, referring to the shape of the leaves. Mainly used for infusions against colds and cough syrup, in dried and powdered form also for ointments.

TiMow's photo shows Breitwegerich (plantago major).
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Mainly used for infusions against colds and cough syrup, in dried and powdered form also for ointments.
Or in my case, I used it for acne and for a boil on my forearm. Luckily I do not have acne anymore and it was never bad but it helped when I had issues. Now I brought it from my home country and I make a tea put of it and use it as a toner on my face, from time to time.
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Re: Weeds in my soup!

Aren't there dangers when eating unknown plants in the wild? I was out picking what I thought was Bärlauch. I was later told it was not bärlauch, but only something that looked like it, but poisonous. How are you checking what you are eating?
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Aren't there dangers when eating unknown plants in the wild? I was out picking what I thought was Bärlauch. I was later told it was not bärlauch, but only something that looked like it, but poisonous. How are you checking what you are eating?
When you have two dogs, you soon learn not to eat anything growing wild in the garden - likewise from verges and low in the hedgerow.

At my previous house we had loads of bärlauch growing in the garden, but could only utilise what grew in raised beds.
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When you have two dogs, you soon learn not to eat anything growing wild in the garden - likewise from verges and low in the hedgerow.

At my previous house we had loads of bärlauch growing in the garden, but could only utilise what grew in raised beds.
I was also told there can be some nasty parasites in fox urine that can make you very sick or kill you. Lung worms, or something like that. Since hearing that, I don't eat anything that grows on the floor in the wild.
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I was also told there can be some nasty parasites in fox urine that can make you very sick or kill you. Lung worms, or something like that. Since hearing that, I don't eat anything that grows on the floor in the wild.


If you make a soup after you've washed the leaves carefully, I think you are pretty safe!
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I was also told there can be some nasty parasites in fox urine that can make you very sick or kill you. Lung worms, or something like that. Since hearing that, I don't eat anything that grows on the floor in the wild.
Not sure, but I think it's tapeworms and comes from the feces. But foxes are great vectors and probably both are true. The carry mange too.

Sucks to be a fox.
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Re: Weeds in my soup!

Most of us foragers and gatherers learnt as babe in arms, with our parents- so it comes very naturally. The leaves of lilly of the valley are indeed similar from a distance, and poisonous- but once you know the difference, you just cannot ever get it wrong. Wild garlic leaves are much softer, the flower is totally different- but mostly the very strong garlic smell is the key- lilly of the valley leaves do not smell at all.

And of course us foragers and gatherers also have many books to check, cross reference, etc. The first rule you learn is that if you are not sure, don't pick- leave well alone. Most of us also know the medicinal use of herbs and plants- and cross-check with many books and on-line sources.

Ecchinococosis is indeed a problem, mainly in the East and central Switzerland (I live in the Far West). I pick wild strawberries in our garden- as they grow everywhere- but in the wild I stick to raspberries and blackberries which grow higher up. Sadly, the larvae are not killed by washing or freezing- so there is always a risk. Cooking does kill them- so making jam or soups, etc, is totally fine.

However, foxes are everywhere- and can access market gardens or commercial growing land too- so are you going to stop eating all raw food?

Personally I am much more scared about 'clean' dirt- pesticides, herbicides, etc- on my food, truly.
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