Like dandelion leaves, these are a great addition to any salad. Plantains, not the banana relative — the weed, are a great source of iron and vitamins A and C. They are kind of like spinach, and definitely better to eat young. That is, harvest the early leaves instead of the late ones if taste is a consideration. I’ve used these in salads, on burgers, and in casseroles.
In addition to their general deliciousness, they can also be used medicinally. You can make a tea out of them to soothe internal ailments (think post-hangover dehydration and most issues involving your guts). You can also make a poultice out of them to heal minor cuts and scrapes. Their general astringent properties make them a kickass cure-all.
Have you ever eaten the plantain weed? How have you used it?