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Milk thistle seeds, like all other parts of the plant, can be eaten raw or cooked. Milk thistle seed flavor is similar to flax and hemp seed. However, it is slightly bitter due to its silymarin content. The silymarin in milk thistle is what gives it its liver-cleansing and antioxidant properties. Whether you eat milk thistle seed for their unique flavor or medicinal properties, you will find that there are a number of ways to enjoy them and incorporate them into a healthy diet.
Add whole, raw milk thistle seeds to salads or trail mix.
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Add ground milk thistle seeds to smoothies, shakes or yogurt for a protein boost.
Brew milk thistle seeds as a coffee substitute. Spread them on a cookie sheet and toast them in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Allow them to return to room temperature. Then grind them in a coffee grinder and brew them as you would coffee grounds.
Brew milk thistle seed as an herbal tea substitute. Toast and then grind the seeds. Add a teaspoon of ground powder to a cup of cold water. Bring it to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the mixture from the fire, let it stand for 10 minutes. Then pour it through a filter and into a cup.
People with ragweed, artichoke or marigold allergies may also be allergic to milk thistle.