Plant produces Hundreds of beautiful yellow flowers that looks Just Like Dandlion on Steriods. Edible parts of Sow Thistle: Young leaves - raw or cooked. Leaves are very spiny. Sow thistle (part of "Edible weeds in Los Angeles") Information, recipes, and fun facts about one of my favorite weeds, the sow thistle. They can be added to salads, cooked like spinach or used in soups etc. Same type of content with added weirdness. The leaves are also great to use as an antioxidant. I experimented with an older plant, … Sow-thistles are closely related to wild lettuce (Lactuca species), and like them, the young leaves are edible. spiny sowthistle This plant can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources noted below.This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above. Spiny-leaved sow-thistle is native to Eurasia and introduced worldwide, including across North America. The leaves contain about 30 - 40mg of vitamin C per 100g, 1.2% … The genus Sonchus, is the old Greek name for ‘hollow’ and was applied due to the hollow stem of the Sow Thistle and the species asper, means ‘rough’ – as in the spiny edges. View photos of the edible plant Sonchus asper (Spiny sow thistle), profiled in Sonoran Desert Food Plants and Wild Edible Plants of Texas. Thank you for looking. The leaves are edible, and the plant produces a thick, white sap like wild lettuce in flavor and use. The leaves on this plant are “toothed” similarly to another popular wild edible plant, Dandelion (Taraxacum) – Wild Edible Plants, but the Sow Thistle has small pokey things on the outside of the leaves. ***Attention*** Plight to Freedom is now The Cargo Cult Café. Some say the roots can be used as a coffee substitute, but I would say coffee extender. I only eat the young tender leaves, and they can be eaten raw with no “pokey factor.” Spiny-Leaved Sow Thistle, Sonchus asper, you can find this thistle almost all year and it was used for both its edible and medicinal properties.You can find it in fields, waste places and even in your garden. This is a nutritious plant that contains several minerals (calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium and zinc) and vitamins ( A, B1, B2, B3, B6, & C). Sow thistle is one of the most plentiful wild plants you'll see in the Los Angeles area. Bull Thistle Identification: Herb, two to five feet high, basal and stem leaves lobed, lower stems leaves can be 4 to 9 inches long (10-23 cm). And it's a great friend, edible from the top of its bright flowers to the bottom of its beneficial … The leaves can be prepared much like dandelion leaves. 50 Spiny Sow Thistle / Sonchus asper seeds. It prefers highly disturbed areas, and is a weed of many crops. There are many recipes online. 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