Pineapple weed

Pineappleweed weed in flower (Matricaria discoidea)

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Pineapple Weed: Plant profile

Common names

Pineapple weed, Pineappleweed, wild chamomile, disc mayweed, May weed, false chamomile, rayless chamomile

Botanical name

Matricaria discoidea (syn Matricaria matricarioides)

Plnt family

Asteraceae (Daisy)

Geographical distribution

Native to Northeast Asia and North America. Naturalised in the UK and Ireland. Common and widespread throughout the UK and Ireland. Less common in some parts of Scotland.

Where to find Pineapple Weed

Fields, parks, wasteland and roadsides.

When to find Pineapple Weed

Spring to late summer.

Pineappleweed

Overview

This non-native species, originally from Asia, was introduced as a garden plant in the UK in the 18th century. Apparently, it escaped from Kew Gardens and became one of the fastest spreading plants in the British Isles ever since.

Despite this abundance, it is often overlooked. Nobody would expect to find such a delicate aromatic plant around foot paths, trampled field entrances, driveways and roadsides.

Culinary uses and recipes with Pineapple Weed

A weed is a plant growing in a place you don’t want to, but some of these plants are indeed useful in the kitchen. Pineapple weed is, as its name suggests, a ‘weed’ that smells and tastes of pineapple, a flavour and aroma you wouldn’t find in the wild in Britain otherwise.

The flower heads can be added raw to salads and infused to make refreshing drinks such as iced tea or cordial. Pineapple weed tea can also be used as a base for sorbet or granita. Make delicious puddings and desserts infusing cream to make panna cotta or ice cream.

Medicinal properties of Pineapple Weed

Pineapple weed has been used for medicinal purposes to treat sores, fevers and digestive upsets. This plant is considered an effective insect repellent.

Safe foraging

Some caution is advised since some people experience allergies to pineapple weed. Use with caution and consume only in very small amounts until you’re sure it agrees your body.

Pineappleweed

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Alvaro Docio

Alvaro Docio

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