Milkweed Thistle Seeds

When I heard that milk thistle heads can be eaten like artichokes, I wasted no time seeking them out. Artichokes are basically domesticated thistles.  Anyhow, thistles are incredibly common, and are often growing as a weed in gardens. When I found some thistles near me, I realized that this particular area had already gone to seed, and the heads were hard and EXTREMELY prickly and unable to be harvested. It took me a a few very sharp thistle pricks to give up on these guys. If you want to use the leaves and green of the plant, it is best to catch it earlier on in the season when everything is tender and nutritious. Once you chop the spikes off the leaves, you can actually use them as any other leafy green vegetable. These bad boys had been around for quite some time.

However, now is the perfect time to catch the seeds. A gentle tug to the tan fluff should give you a nice grip of seeds. If not, the plant is not ready to let them go.

The seeds are supposed to be especially good for the liver, because they contain an active compound called sylmarin that works to combat free radicals. They are also very potent in amino acids and proteins, having extremely strong anti-oxident powers. Now… how to use these seeds. Some ideas

– Sprinkle on salads, soups, put into breads, muffins, throw into trail mix

– You can simmer a teaspoon of seeds in water for half an hour, then strain and serve them.

– Grind seeds into a powder to use in anything you would like for extra nutrient boosts!

– Grow your own thistle sprouts to eat!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sonya on June 18, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Cool! There are SO many of those around my house. I’m going to try to pull some seeds.


  2. Posted by Lydia Knorp on November 12, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    milk thistle is of course heaven sent for alcoholics with liver damage since it can help with the liver. ..

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  3. Posted by Joy on April 22, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Where can I get/ buy Real / Natrual Geniune Milk Thistel Seeds? Thanks so much.
    Joy Mcmann


  4. Posted by Joy on April 22, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Where can I get the real milk thistel seeds and not sbsitutes or those in the thistel family/ for example one time at a health store I thought I was buying Milk Thistle ( Silybum marianum ) Silymarin But inatead I found out much latter it was called blessed thistle and not at all what I was lead to believe I had purchased and was unable to get a refun. . Thank you for your help.
    Joy mcmann


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