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Weird Recipes From Your Yard

Updated on June 24, 2011
Foraging for weeds and other common edible plants can provide food for free!
Foraging for weeds and other common edible plants can provide food for free!

Food for Free With the Edible Lawn!

While the following may seem like bizarre foods, these weird recipes from your yard are nothing new. People have foraged for wild greens and wild plants way before there were fast food restaurants. There are still many common edible plants available.

Whether you want to learn to about survival food or just enjoy unusual recipes, there's something here for you. Eat flowers with the rose petal soup recipe. If you're interested, there are many edible flowers.

You can make lots of weird recipes with wild dandelion. It is a perfect substitute for spring greens bought at the store. There is a dandelion salad recipe right here. Use the bitter dandelion leaves and the dandelion flowers. You can even use ground up dandelion root to make coffee.

Or try the unique recipe I got in the southwest- cactus candy! Yes, you can even find survival food and wild plants to eat in the desert.

So, start taking advantage of your edible lawn and get food for free! Talk about low maintenance yard care! Don't eat anything from your yard if you use commercial fertilizers or pesticides. And always wash all wild plants very well before eating.

Red Rose for Rose Petal Soup

Rose Petal Soup

This soup is served cold. You need a rose, preferably red or pink. It should still have lots of fragrance. Don't use commercially grown roses. You can't use roses that are hybrids.

Gently peel away the rose petals one at a time. Cut away the bottoms of the petals that have no color. Keep a few of the rose petals to use to sprinkle on top of the soup just before serving.

Other ingredients needed are:

16 ounces cold water

4 ounces sugar

Pinch of cinnamon

16 ounces can of pitted sweet cherries

8 ounces dry white wine

8 ounces sour cream

2 ounces Cherry Schnapps or preferred cherry liqueur

Add water, sugar, and cinnamon in a pan and bring to a boil on medium heat. Drain the canned cherries and add to the pan. Reduce heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Next, add the wine and rose petals. Let cool. Put in blender and mix on liquefy setting. Pour into a large bowl and stir in the sour cream and Cherry Schnapps. Refrigerate until cold. When ready to serve, sprinkle the remainder of the rose petals on the soup. Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.

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Prickly Pear Cactus for Cactus Candy Recipe

Cactus Candy

I learned this recipe when I was living in New Mexico. It is surprisingly good. This makes enough for 5 or 6 people to have a sweet snack. You will need to select about 3 large prickly pear cactus 'fingers'. Remove the spines and outside layer. Cut into one inch thick slices lengthwise. Soak overnight in water. After removing from the water, cut into one inch cactus cubes. Then heat to boiling and cook until tender. Drain and add the syrup until the cactus candy has soaked up the homemade syrup. Watch carefully so that you don't scorch the syrup.

After the cactus has absorbed the sugar, remove from the pan and roll in sugar. For a more colorful effect, roll the cactus cube candy in colored sugar.

Sugar Syrup recipe:

3 cups sugar

1 cup water

2 tablespoons orange juice or pineapple juice

1 tablespoon lemon juice (or omit and add another tablespoon orange juice)

Heat all of the ingredients until the sugar dissolves.

Dandelions for Wilted Dandelion Salad

Wilted Dandelion Salad

This salad is just like the popular wilted lettuce salad with bacon flavored dressing

Makes 4-6 servings

Gather about 7 or 8 cups of dandelions from your yard. Use both the leaves and the flowers. Do not make this dandelion recipe if you use any type of fertilizers or other chemicals in your yard. This salad must be served when the dressing is still warm.

Other ingredients needed for your dandelion salad:

  • 1/2 pound of bacon (use turkey bacon if you want a healthier choice)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

Fry the bacon and crumble it. Keep about 1/3 cup of bacon grease in the skillet.

Add the vinegar, mustard, and honey. Stir well with a fork, then add the olive oil.

Add the warm dressing to the dandelion greens, crumbled bacon, and feta cheese in a salad bowl. Toss together well.

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    • BetsyAndTV profile image

      BetsyAndTV 

      7 years ago from The Television

      These are such creative ideas! This is an impressive hub! I'm going to try the Wilted Dandelion Salad soon!

    • Granny's House profile image

      Granny's House 

      8 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Great hub. I just made dandelion wine.This is my second year making it. I don't drink it. It is too strong for me. lol I make it for a friend of mine. I will bookmark this for the recipes

    • Angela Harris profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Harris 

      10 years ago from Around the USA

      Nope, didn't make it as a Hub winner, but thanks for the encouragement.

    • Bonnie Ramsey profile image

      Bonnie Ramsey 

      10 years ago from United States

      Ok, this is the most amazing thing I have ever seen! These are definitely worth trying and probably going to be hub winners simply because of their uniqueness! Whuda thunk it? LOL. Thanks for the recipes!

      Bonnie

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