How to Eat Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule)

Learn from Green Deane about Henbit, a spring green you might not have noticed. It has a slightly different taste than other new greens.

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I love henbit! I just "weeded" a gallon of it out of my organic garden and ate a bowlful as a salad with oil and vinegar, then made a nice raw soup with henbit, water and avocado in a blender. Wonderful...! A crying shame to me that it is killed and weeded out so much when people are starving. By the way, the stems are delicious as the leaves. The flavor is wonderful and mild with no hint of mint flavor to my palate at all. David Wolfe, author of Sunfood Diet, says we should eat some wild food every day. For the winter and spring I vote for henbit! (I found all this in my new garden plot at a local organic community garden.) I have also found purslane and amaranth there, but a friend accidentally "weeded out" my amaranth bush. Life is good! One reason it is so great to eat wild edibles that you know are not poisonous (of course) is that you are eating something that grew wild without being cultivated. It has a strong and hearty spirit. It is the kind of thing that we need, and if it is true that we are what we eat, Americans definitely would do well to start eating the wild greens for health, economy and spirit.

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