I have no idea if the wild greens we eat in Greece are common in other countries and if people eat these plants or they think these greens as weeds.
I took some photos from the wild greens we collect from plot the last week. Before I post the photos I read a comment in my blog from Bob and when I open his blog I laugh because he had written the same post but for the edible wild greens of Turkey. I think you must read it also.
We usually collect wild greens in spring and autumn when they are fresh and tenderly. We don’t think them as weeds, they are edible and very healthy for us because they have many vitamins.
As you know I live in city far from plot, so when we collect wild greens from plot, we clean them, we boil them, we let them completely dry from water and after we put them in refrigeration. In this way we have wild greens for many days in city. We eat them with olive oil, lemon or/and vinegar and salt.
So let’s see some of the edible wild greens you can find in Greece
1) The first is a native plant in Greece and usually we call it as zochos or zouchia. I try to find the scientific name in taxonomy and I found 2 different plants the prickly goldenfleece (Urospermum picroides) and the Sonchus oleraceus. I must search more but they call the first plant as zoho and the second as wild-zoho in Greek Wikipedia.
Well my mother which collect wild edible greens many years but she has no idea about taxonomy told me that she can find it as “white” or “red”, so as I can understand she collect both plants and call it with same name.
2) The wild lettuce. Sorry no other information for this now,I have only a photo
3) The next well-known wild green is Chicorium intybus, we call it “radiki” in Greece. I already had photos from flower so this time I took photos from leaves and roots.
We eat only the fresh leaves here but as you can understand from my older post in link I wanted to see the roots of this plant.
4) The last edible wild green for today is a hm…. well-known plant. But I am not sure if you know that is edible. We eat it before blossom and it’ s the… poppy. The normal plain poppy you can find in fields.
That’s for today. Greece has many other edible wild greens and you can find them with different names in different parts of country. Also it’s not sure that everybody in Greece eat the same wild greens.
And don’t forget purslane from my older post. It’s also an edible weed. (We don’t have purslane in plot but last week I sow some seeds I had save from my container garden last summer.)