Natural farming suggests we coexist peacefully with invasive species. However, many farmers aren’t happy with them. Yet, some chefs claim these invasive species can delightfully enrich your dinner.

Nowadays, some farmers stop fighting weeds because they have a better solution: selling to restaurants. Well. They also make a great profit because they don’t need to make an extra effort to grow them—nature’s own bounty at its best.

Before uprooting invasive species in your garden, consider this: these plants can be as delightful as they are invasive. But please remember that you should never eat a plant you cannot identify. The pursuit of new tastes should never risk poisoning.

Elaeagnus umbellata

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Elaeagnus umbellata, rich in lycopene, reportedly tastes akin to currants. Once, I tried an Elaeagnus, and I didn’t like it. However, you can consume flavors you don’t like with alternative preparation methods. Thus, you’ll benefit from the nutrients in them.