Pineapple Weed / Spring / Summer / Edible
Pineapple Weed is one of those plants that grows in the most obscure places from cracks in the pavements to walls. However, it tastes like pineapple – how incredible.
Pineapple Weed, Wild Chamomile, Disc Mayweed
Meaning of botanical name
Matricaria is derived from the Latin “matrix”, meaning “of the womb”, probably due to the genus’ association with uterine treatments. Discoidea means “without rays” in reference to Pineapple Weed’s lack of petals
There is some circumstantial evidence that some people may display allergies to this plant, so only a small amount is advised first
Could be confused with
Range and distribution
Throughout UK, Europe, Asia, and America. It is thought pineapple weed was brought to the UK from America, though it is a native of Asia, as a garden plant
Likes to grow on very stony, scrubby soil. It is often found in rubble piles and driveways, and places where there is a lot of footfall – gateways, footpaths, etc
The leaves are very fine and feathery, and the flowers have no petals, just a yellow centre. When crushed, the petals and leaves emit a pineapple scent
Folklore, tall tales, and not so folklore
Pineapple Weed has been used to repel insects, by rubbing the juice on the skin, or hanging in a room
The flowers can be eaten raw or in salads, or to make jellies, syrups and cordials. Leaves and flowers can be used to make a fragrant tea
Pineapple Weed has been used for many uterine conditions, as a sedative, antispasmodic, and anthelmintic (wormer). Please consult your doctor if you have a medical condition
The essential oil myrcene is found in Pineapple Weed. This is an important aromatic in the perfume industry.