Yellow Dock, also called Curly Dock for its wavy leaves (Rumex Crispus). This plants roots is what mainly used for its gastrointestinal benefits as well as the young leaves are edible, delicious and packed with nutrients! Back in the days people used to forage and make flour out of the seeds, and it's not that weird, because Yellow Dock is a distant relative to Buckwheat. Think about it as a wild buckwheat.
Yellow dock seeds are abandoned in the fall, and it's actually best to use them rather than let them seed the area for the next season. And not just the next season - yellow dock seeds are viable in the ground for up to 80 years! The plant is very aggressive and very hard to pull from the ground. I let them grow in my garden, because it's easier to pull them out in the fall to harvest the medicinal roots, as the garden soil is airy and fluffy compared to the wild open fields. But I never let the yellow dock go into seeds in my garden, it's enough as it is of them there.
You can forage, dry and grind the seeds to add to your backing or in your spice blends. Or use the seeds to grow your winter sprouts and microgreens! It can be difficult to separate the seeds from the chuff, so just skip that step and leave it with. I believe in simplicity and if something is not coming off then may be it isn't supposed to.
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