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Goutweed in the garden can be combated very easily: by eating it

2023-03-21T16:16:04.057Z


In spring the garden awakens. Unfortunately, so does ground elder, which has a bad reputation as an assertive weed. It is best harvested for the plate.


In spring the garden awakens.

Unfortunately, so does ground elder, which has a bad reputation as an assertive weed.

It is best harvested for the plate.

In spring, not only do daffodils and snowdrops sprout in the garden, but also goutweed makes its way out into the fresh air from March.

Since it is difficult to combat as a weed, you should make a virtue out of necessity and use the plant in the kitchen.

After all, it is a delicious-tasting wild herb that can be used in many ways on the plate.

Fight ground elder: on the plate instead of in the compost

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Instead of being annoyed by ground elder as a weed in the garden, you should rather enjoy it as a salad.

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Since ground elder often grows in large quantities, harvesting it as a wild vegetable is definitely worthwhile.

If you tackle the weeds with conventional methods such as hot water and flame weeds instead, you often have more crop damage than necessary.

And usually does not prevent the plant with its vigorous roots from spreading again after a short time. 

A successful method of keeping goutweed in check is to regularly pull out the weed - this works especially well when the soil is still a little damp after a rain shower.

This prevents seeds from maturing and also allows you to grasp the roots better.

In the long run, the plant's urge to expand will decrease. 

Giersch has only advantages in the kitchen

If you then carry the ground elder into the kitchen instead of on the compost, you are doing yourself a favor in several respects: Whether as a salad side dish, in a sheep's cheese quiche, in a soup or as a pesto - ground elder can be used in the kitchen both raw and parsley or Use chervil or cook it as a vegetable such as spinach.

By the way, thanks to numerous minerals and vitamins such as potassium, magnesium, vitamin C and A, it is also very healthy.

Young vegetables and tender herbs - ten dishes that you shouldn't miss in spring

Young vegetables and tender herbs - ten dishes that you shouldn't miss in spring

If you prepare goutweed, you should first wash the plant well.

Since the older plants taste slightly bitter in contrast to tender young leaves, it makes sense to remove the stems here.

You can use this opportunity to check whether the herb you have picked is really goutweed and not a poisonous plant such as dog parsley, calf's goiter or spotted hemlock, which all look similar to it.

Ground elder has a triangular stalk on which three panicles of leaves each have three leaves.

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Source: merkur

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