September 16, 2016

How To Make Your Own Green Powder



This first picture below shows chickweed overtaking my kale and lettuce box. She’s choking them both!


How to Harvest  + Dry Chickweed 

The next image is what happens to chickweed when I cut her hair. Chickweed is simple to harvest:

  1. Use scissors.
  2. Cut only green leaves, about 3 inches up the stem from the soil.
  3. Place in dehydrator overnight or on white garden fabric

As you can see below, I start dehydrating the chickweed on white garden fabric. I fill the sheet of fabric with the harvested weeds and then drag it onto the patio so it’s off the moist grass. The sun and air start the dehydrating process. After it’s compacted down, I stuff it on trays in my 9 tray dehydrator to finish the job.

When dehydrating powders, you want to avoid mold. Get your greens crispy and crunchy. They should break, not bend.


How to Make Phytonutrient – Rich Green Powder

After I take the dried chickweed and friends out of the dehydrator, I need to powder it. Here are the steps:

  1. Do this outside.
  2. Get a big bowl.
  3. Put on heavy-duty rubber gloves or clean gardening gloves.
  4. With gloved hands, fill the bowl with the dried plants.
  5. Massage the mix until it looks like tea leaves.
  6. Transfer to a blender. I use a Vitamix.
  7. Blend on low speed. Tamp down. Slowly increase your speed.
  8. Pack the powder in airtight containers.
  9. Dance a joyful jig!


Which Weeds to Make into Green Powder

Not all weeds are great for green powder since they vary in levels of nutrients. Humans benefit from some more than others. According to The Wild Wisdom of Weeds by Katrina Blair, these are the plants you can have loads of in your green powder:

  • Dandelion
  • Plantain
  • Mallow
  • Chickweed
  • Amaranth
  • Knotweed

Here are the weeds that “require special attention” if being added to green powder:

  • Thistle (use heavy gloves and grind finely)
  • Clover (use only when young–and sparingly)
  • Dock (due to oxalic acid)
  • Lambsquarter (gather before it flowers; use sparingly owing to concentrated flavor)
  • Purslane (takes longer to dehydrate)
  • Mustard (super spicy)
  • Grass (too high in cellulose, but young, tender grasses can work well)

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great idea !

superfood to dust on anything your eating

I saw someone comment to load your weeds with extra with thistle, mint and basil to make it really tasty


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