Meals gone wild

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Meals gone wild

Looking for a cheap, abundant food source that can prevent chronic disease? Weed on.
A Wild Weeds Lunch is served at Turtle Lake Refuge.
Rebekah Harris of Turtle Lake Refuge harvests weeds to use in prepared dishes, soups, drinks and desserts for a Wild Weeds Lunch on Friday.
Hannah Hanford right, and Rebekah Harris of Turtle Lake Refuge put the finishing touches on an acorn, vanilla thistle and chicory root ice cream that will be served at a Wild Weeds Lunch on Friday.
A selection of freshly harvested weeds in the kitchen of Turtle Lake Refuge that will be used in prepared dishes for a Wild Weeds Lunch on Friday.
A word from the county’s weed wrangler

Rod Cook, who heads La Plata County’s weed management office, said mallow, dandelion, purslane, lamb’s quarter and amaranth are classified as “nuisance weeds,” meaning the county doesn’t expend resources trying to eradicate them.
“If people opt or want to manage them, it is up to them,” he said.
He did caution that some nuisance weeds, such as amaranth or lamb’s quarter, can be harmful to livestock because they accumulate nitrates.
Thistle is an edible weed that the county does get more serious about. It is on the B list, which means it should be contained, though not urgently. Only yellow-star thistle, not present in La Plata County, is targeted for immediate eradication.
As for Cook, he eschews invasive weeds for the ecological advantages of native plants. But a walk in the woods is not without its culinary rewards.
“I’m an avid mushroom type of guy,” he said.

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Meals gone wild

A Wild Weeds Lunch is served at Turtle Lake Refuge.
Rebekah Harris of Turtle Lake Refuge harvests weeds to use in prepared dishes, soups, drinks and desserts for a Wild Weeds Lunch on Friday.
Hannah Hanford right, and Rebekah Harris of Turtle Lake Refuge put the finishing touches on an acorn, vanilla thistle and chicory root ice cream that will be served at a Wild Weeds Lunch on Friday.
A selection of freshly harvested weeds in the kitchen of Turtle Lake Refuge that will be used in prepared dishes for a Wild Weeds Lunch on Friday.
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