The Plantago (virginica L.) growing throughout our low-lying field has always been a great food source for our chickens and tortoise.

Aside from being edible, the leaves can be smashed up and used to help heal cuts, bug bites and stings and seems like it has also been used for every other ailment too, read here.

Plantago, just like most lettuce and herbs, becomes bitter once they bolt (put up that stem). So, if you are to eat them, be sure to choose the smaller, new growth, prior to the plant bolting.

10 inch tall flower spike on plantago

Eating weeds doesn’t sound very appetizing to most people, but it is so fascinating. For less effort than it takes to grow grass, our lawns could be full of pesticide-free edible greens.