Prickly lettuce is something we don't eat but it is a very common weed. It has driven farmers crazy for years but, it soon might have a real purpose and potential to make some serious cash. According to Washington State University scientists the weed could be potentially used as raw material for rubber production. I didn't even see that coming. Since it does go like crazy in Eastern Washington then it is only right to put it to good use.

Nothing will ever replace what we use hops for but, I am sure if we look even further most of the weeds that surround us could be used for something.