You Can Eat That? 5 Shocking Edibles!

Everybody knows that you can eat things like marshmallows and potatoes, but did you know that you can eat things that are totally weird? It’s true, from weeds to random leaves to things with poison in them to plants covered in spines, there are lots of surprising edibles in this world. Break out one of these the next time you have company to have a meal that’s both delicious and a conversation starter.

 

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  • Dandelions 1 of 5
    Dandelions
    Dandelion greens are great for pregnant women who want to reduce the swelling in their feet, but you can also make a coffee-like drink from the roots (it's related to chicory). You can also throw the flowers in a salad after removing the green part at the bottom, which is very bitter.
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  • Peach Leaves 2 of 5
    Peach Leaves
    Strictly speaking these aren't exactly edible, but you can steep them in a liquid to lend a floral, almond-y taste. Just be careful, that almond-y taste comes from the cyanide in them. Don't go crazy or anything.
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    Image Credit © Flickr/JPC24
  • Cactus 3 of 5
    Cactus
    Nopal cactus has been eaten in the Americas since before European contact and with a little care in preparation makes for a delicious meal. The ones you'll find at a Mexican specialty market will already have the spines removed, then dice and eat raw, boil, or grill.
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    Image Credit © Flickr/Technicolor76
  • Bugs 4 of 5
    Bugs
    You better get used to eating bugs. They're the protein source of the future. And, speaking from experience, they're not half bad. Depending on the species they can be nutty, salty, even fruity. They're also really good for the Earth and good for your health.
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  • Purslane 5 of 5
    Purslane
    Like arugula, purslane is a veggie that's been widely considered to be a weed. But it's become own of our favorite summer treats, a perfect green for making a salad with summer stone fruits.
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    Image Credit © Flickr/InterContinentalHong-Kong

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