WEED RECIPES

(Amaranthus) Amaranth / Kalunay / Pigweed / 莧菜 / राजिगराा
Tender leaves, flowers and stalks are great for stir-frys. Add to soups, omelettes, or oatmeal. Mature seeds of certain amaranth varieties are also used as a grain.

Amaranth Coconut Milk (download)
Amaranth Goma-ae (download)
Amaranth Hush Puppies (download)
Amaranth Ohitashi (download)
Stir-Fry Amaranth Leaves (download)

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(Gracillaria salicornia) Gorilla Ogo
Can be eaten raw, cooked or pickled. Also as added flavoring to dishes.

Pickled Ogo (download)

(Commelina diffusa) Honohono Grass / Climbing Day Flower
Young leaves and blue flowers can be eaten raw in salads, or juiced for flavoring. Young stems can be steamed and eaten as cooked greens.

Honohono Grass Ice Cream (download)

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(Coccinia grandi) Ivy Gourd / Pak Tum Lung / 红瓜 / आइवी लौकी / Tindora
Young shoots can be used raw in salads, or stir-fried, and added to soups and stews. Ripe gourds are bitter and can used like bitter melon. Often made into curries.

Ivy Gourd Shoots Omelette (download)
Ivy Gourd Shoots Stir Fry (download)

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Plantago) Laukahi / おおばこ / Piantaggine / Common Plantain / White Man’s Foot
Use young leaves raw in salads, or cook via stir-fry, add to soups and stews. Dried seeds can be used as a grain sparingly.

Laukahi Seed Kiawe Rolls (download)

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(Artemisia argyi) Mugwort / Nagadona / 艾蒿 / よもぎ / Gänsefuß
Leaves and buds picked shortly before flowering can be used as a bitter flavoring agent. It is the classic seasoning for Christmas roast goose in Germany. In Japan, it is used in sweets and savory roasted mochi.

Mugwort Chili Jelly (download)

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Centella asiatica) Pohe kula / つぼ草 / Gotu Kola / Asiatic Pennywort / 积雪草 / 雷公根
Use as a leafy green cooked or raw. A common ingredient in Sri Lankan mallung. Can also be made into juice.

Pohe Kula Sambola (download)

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(Portulaca oleracea) Purslane / 쇠비름 / Khorfeh / Luni-bhaji / Yerba Orate / 马齿苋 / Bakleh / 滑草/すべりひゆ
Stems, leaves and flower buds can be used raw in salads, or stir-fried. Also can be added to soups and stews.

Potato with Purslane (download)

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(Ipomoea batatas) Sweet Potato Leaves / Lá Khoai Lang / 地瓜葉 / 고구마 잎
Younger leaves are great for stir-frys. Add to soups and stews.

Pickled Palula (download)
Stir-Fry Sweet Potato Leaves (download)

RECIPES OF COMMON ‘WEEDS’ IN HAWAI’I (+ ELSEWHERE)
a collaboration with kkv.net + tadpolestudio.org – illustrations by Terra Keck

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