Spring Greens Mini Challenge

Well, it’s May already, and we aren’t even at 200 for diversity in foods. So, we decided that we needed to pick up the slack and jump start the next phase of the challenge. 

Over the past couple months we have been thinking about developing some mini challenges focused on different categories of food to help us all get closer to reaching the goal of diversity and variety in our diets.  With spring weather finally under way, we decided that a spring greens mini challenge would be fitting.
We have some fun ideas for our challenges that we are working on, but we just can’t wait to start. Look for more challenges to come, and join us now as we work towards 1000 foods.

The spring greens mini challenge will focus on making sure that we don’t miss out on all the seasonal spring greens that are available this time of year, but some not so accessible at any other time.

Following is a list of some of the many greens that we are going to be looking for.
Over the next 30 days, we will focus many of our blog posts on these delicious greens. Hope you will join us in the journey. The challenge, eat as many different spring greens as possible. Add other greens to the list. In 30 days, how many seasonal spring foods can we add to our 1000 foods list. 

Spring Greens Challenge List

  • Wild leeks
  • Dandelions
  • Violets
  • Mustard greens- many varieties
  • Turnip greens
  • Wild garlic
  • Wild onions
  • Spring beauties
  • Arugula
  • Lettuce- many varieties
  • Garlic mustard
  • Nettle
  • lambsquarters
  • Day Lily shoots
  • Wintercress
  • Plantain
  • Curly dock/yellow dock (rumex crispus)
  • Bittercress
  • Gill over the ground or ground Ivy
  • Miners lettuce
  • Wood sorrel
  • Chicory
  • Fennel
  • Grape leaves
  • Mallow
  • Milk thistle
  • Salad Burnett
  • Purslane
  • Watercress
  • Burdock
  • Japanese knotweed
  • Fiddleheads
  • Henbit
  • Mints
  • Peppergrass
  • Wild ginger
  • Cats ear or hypochaeris radicalis (false dandelion)
  • Sow thistle
  • Prickly lettuce (lactica serriola)
  • Cattail shoots
  • Lemon balm
  • Clover
  • Amaranth
  • Sheep sorrel

    Spring roots

    • Dandelion
    • Primrose
    • Burdock
    • Jerusalem artichoke

    Share your spring greens adventures with us in the comments below. Tell us what spring foods you are eating and stay tuned in for why spring greens are so healthy and important to our diet.

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