Feral Weed Foraging

by Silvana Iannello

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Silvana Iannello is an ecologist and environmental educator in Victoria, Australia.

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Mallow and Angled Onion Soup

'Weed', Oxford English Dictionary: Exotic or invasive species of vegetation misplaced from its original place of origin.

For as long as I can remember, eating from the garden was part of my life. Growing up in Melbourne with an Italian heritage, the garden has been where food came from, including the weeds.

“Mallow and Angled Onion Soup” is a mouth-watering soup that will have you fencing off your weeds so the lawn mower does not cut them. There are many ‘weeds’ for human consumption that are full of carbohydrates, oils, and proteins and are available right at home for free.

Bon appetit.

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For the identification of weeds in Australia I recommend Adam and Annie's handbook:


The Weed Forager’s Handbook: A Guide to Edible and Medicinal Weeds in Australia (by Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland)