Good Garden Question: Can I Eat This Plant?

Good Garden Question: Can I Eat This Plant?

Faith Durand
Jun 4, 2008

Calling expert Kitchn gardeners - here's one more good question for you. This comes from reader Kristen, who recently showed us her garden. She asks:

I recently moved into an older house on an Army post and I found what appeared to be the remnants of an herb garden. My dad pulled out all of the weedy plants out and tilled the ground before we planted some tomatoes, bell peppers, beans, and herbs. But this plant keeps popping up throughout my little garden patch.

The pictures are of one quick growing plant by my hose. It looks like flat-leaf parsley to me, but I'm not sure. So my questions are: What is this plant? Can I eat it? Should I? Would you?


We want to be careful, Kristen - we do think that this looks like flat-leaf parsley too, but we're not sure. We'd like to get everyone else's opinion.

So - mystery plant! What do you say?

Here, just for reference, is a photo of our very young Italian parsley plant:

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