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6 edible invasive species recipes

By: Enrique Gili on March 8, 2011, 7:47 a.m.
Prickly pear cactus with pink fruit

Photo: Martin and Kathy Dady/Flickr [CC by ND-2.0]

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Eat 'em to beat 'em

Remember when dandelions were just weeds? Eating invasive species has gone way beyond the grad-school experimentation stage to become a wing of the food movement as conservationists and chefs embrace an “If you can’t beat, eat 'em,” ethos to tackle pesky interlopers. Worldwide the situation is daunting as flora and fauna hitch rides on ships, or are set loose due to the carelessness of owners. If you want to make a dent, try picking up a knife and fork. But before you do, go foraging with a wooly hunter-gatherer-type friend who knows the vittles and the area.