I have been blown away by all the things edible and useful that have been growing around me but unnoticed due to my ignorance. I found a product called Soapnuts at the healthfood store and desperately wanted to find a Soapberry tree so I could grow my own. After long searches on the internet, I had almost given up. That is when I noticed a few trees out at my land that I had ignored previously. I HAD SOAPBERRIES GROWING ON MY LAND!!! I couldnt believe it. I could wash my clothes with berries.
I will take some pics soon but until then just use this link.
I was frustrated with all the Mesquite out at the land until I found out that the pods and seeds could be eaten or made into flour.
I hated the Hackberries at the house until I found out that the little berries were edible and tasted pretty good. Some had a very hard seed and others had seeds like M&Ms.
Today I was pulling up weeds to give to the chickens but I wanted to ID them first. To my delight, the weed I had been battling for the last few years was Chickweed. It is completely edible and unlike other wild plants, it had a nice mellow taste to it. I made sure to id the leaves, flowers and hairy stems before taking the plunge. I also posted pictures on a gardening site to get multiple confirmations.
I have been desperately trying to grow an edible groundcover in the yard for years and it turns out I had been trying to kill what I wanted the whole time. Here are some pics of the cute little guy.