Forage Wild Greens: Identify & Harvest Dock!

Dock (Rumex crispus) is a wild edible plant that can be found in many places around the world. It is a hardy perennial that grows in a variety of habitats, including pastures, roadsides, and vacant lots. Dock is a member of the Polygonaceae family and is related to rhubarb.

Dock is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, iron, potassium, and calcium. It is also high in fiber and antioxidants. The leaves are rich in oxalic acid, so it is important to not eat too much of it in one sitting. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked, and the root can be boiled or roasted. The leaves have a slightly sour taste and are often used in salads or as a cooked green. The root can be used to make a tea or added to soups and stews.

Dock is easy to identify due to its large, arrow-shaped leaves and tall flower stalks. The leaves have a wavy edge and are dark green on top with a reddish underside. The flowers are small and yellow and bloom from June to August. The root is long and thin with a reddish-brown color.

Dock is an abundant and nutritious plant that can be found in many places around the world. It is a great addition to salads, soups, and stews, and can also be boiled or roasted for a nutritious tea. Be sure to not eat too much of it in one sitting due to its high oxalic acid content. So the next time you’re out for a walk, keep an eye out for this wild edible plant!

Written by Keith Jacobs

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