Eat your weeds: Yellow Dock

BOTANICAL NAME: Rumex crispus (Yellow Dock, Curly Dock, Narrow-leaved Dock)

FAMILY NAME: Polygonaceae (that’s the buckwheat family)


Yellow Dock is an abundant weed that commonly grows in disturbed damp soils. It is easily found in pastures, waterways, wetlands, riparian vegetation, roadsides and waste areas in temperate and sub-tropical regions. Remember, most roadside weeds are typically sprayed with herbicides, so avoid collecting there.

This plant has a lot to offer as a nutritious food, potent medicine, natural dye or unique cut flower.