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Episode 195 Five Unlikely Edibles in Your Garden

On today’s show I talk about five things in your garden that you can eat but likely aren’t.  I didn’t mention some things that are so commonly unlikely edible (like squash blossoms) because these have become mainstream.  I discuss things that up to a few years ago I was surprised you could eat. 

Disclaimer:  I talk about carrot greens in this episode. I’ve had listeners actually tell me that they eat them.  There are various opinions on these.  I basically added them as a sidenote.  I do not recommend you eat them unless you do your own research and come to your own conclusions.  Again I will say that you are responsible for what you put in your mouth.  But I can’t recommend that you eat carrot greens because they are easily confused with Queen Anne’s Lace greens. Here are some interesting reads on the subject:

Green Goddess 

NY Times Article reference


Carrot Museum (yes there is such a thing)

Well Preserved

4 comments to Episode 195 Five Unlikely Edibles in Your Garden

  • Fritz

    Good show. I’m always interested in new ways to make use of the garden plants.

    I heard about using okra seeds for a coffee substitute. I’ve been thinking of giving it a try but don’t have a source of that many seeds.

  • Obiwan Kentucky

    Educational indeed. 😀
    One thing- I might be wrong, but file’ powder is usually made from sassafras. Historically it was made from the pith of the branches (soft stuff in the center), but due to the declaration by the feds that it safrole is carcinogenic, this site http://generalhorticulture.tamu.edu/prof/Recipes/File-Sassafras/file.html recommends using powdered sassafras leaves instead, for a similar effect. Different taste, since the leaves have virtually no safrole.

    if you are not one of the people who absolutely trust the government when they point to one study done decades ago [saying that highly concentrated sassafras oil was connected to health problems in rats who were forcefed massive quantities of it], and don’t wonder why no studies have been done since then on the topic, then you, like me, might very much enjoy making the occasional batch of rootbeer flavored tea from sassafras roots, or a spicy file’ made from sassafras pith.
    Reading around on the internet suggests that the feds took action against safrole because some hippies were using it as part of a recipe for some synthetic drug at the time. Pretty sure that massive “pharmacological doses” of ANY volatile oil is going to cause health problems if ingested routinely. Anyway- I grew up delighted by the fragrance of each part of the sassafras tree and only recently heard about that one study… so I read up about it, and therefore I happen to know a lot more about file’ than I otherwise would, having only been down in Cajun territory once in my life.

  • Anonymous

    Let me know if its any good. I told the people at work the other day about where Sanka and the term Why bother comes from. Hilarious if you don’t know.


  • Anonymous

    Brewed some Sassafras tea late last year for root beer. Like you I fear the things the government approves, not the ones they put notices on. LOL!