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where does pineapple weed grow

Where does pineapple weed grow

This plant grows to about 30 centimetres tall.

Pineapple weed has a cone-shaped or rounded non-rayed, composite flower head that is yellow-greenish in colour. (It resembles chamomile only without the white rays.)

Pineapple weed looks like chamomile only without the flower petals. It is a low-growing plant with finely divided foliage that gives off a pineapple smell when crushed.

Pineapple weed leaves are finely divided into narrow, feathery segments. They grow alternatively along the stem and average from 2 – 4cm. long. Leaves are hairless.

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Pineapple weed grows in almost all waste areas and sometimes in between sidewalk cracks. Pineapple weed is an amazing plant which seems to thrive in abused soil such as dirt roads, driveways, and other dry or sandy soil locations.

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Often mistaken for chamomile, pineapple weed is a close sister and is an annual plant. It grows from May to September. Pineapple weed may be confused with young mayweed chamomile; however the mayweed does not emit a pineapple-like odour when crushed. Additionally, mayweed chamomile grows much taller than pineapple weed. This wild edible weed grows in many countries in the northern and southern hemisphere and in some places is nicknamed the “street weed”.

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Where does pineapple weed grow

Pineapple weed loves to grow in dry areas so it is easy to dry for tea and recipes. I find it useful to use scissors to cut off the flowering yellow heads, leaving as much of the green foliage behind as possible.

You can use any of the combinations below, but my favourite recipe is first making a pineapple weed jam and making it into a fruity, crumbly vegan flapjack with a chewy pineapple weed centre!

Here are 4 quick and easy ideas for using pineapple weed;

How to harvest and dry pineapple weed

Pineapple weed has a wonderful fruity flavour and can be used raw in salads, infused for teas, syrup, salad dressings or made into a jam for gorgeous snacks and desserts.

Pineapple weed is a prolific edible weed which is happy to grow in dry, disturbed ground which is often compact and hostile for many other plants. It is native to and grows across the US and has been well-established in the UK and Europe since 1871. It is found in New Zealand and Russia and it is also native to East Asia.

My favourite pineapple weed recipes

Pineapple weeds loves to grow where people, vehicles and animals tread. In some places it is nicknamed the ‘street weed.’ As if it is trying to make our journeys sweeter smelling. I regularly find pineapple weed growing through cracks in the pavement, on driveways, paths and disturbed areas of fields, like tractor tracks.

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