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  • Alexandra Cook

    Lamb's-quarter (Chenopodium album) is another weed that grows in all 50 states. Lamb's-quarter comes up much earlier than purslane, but not as early as many of the edible wild cresses. Harvest only the young shoots shortly after they have unfolded, and discard the older leaves and tough stems. I have seen lots of recipes for lamb's-quarter, but some may prefer the boiled leaves spiced up with bacon drippings or bacon crumbs. (Use organic pork, of course!) Add washed leaves to garden salads and throw a few leaves of lamb's-quarter (or any edible weed) into soups. You can substitute tender shoots of edible weeds in any recipe that calls for spinach or chard. And there's always a nice succession of wild plants to do this with. In the Northeast, lamb's-quarter follows the early spring cresses and is in turn shortly followed by pigweed, with purslane flourishing last (around June) in the heat of summer.

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  • Deniece ~

    Lambsquarters: You can eat the leafs of this well known weed. The seeds are high in protein, vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium (related to Quinoa).

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  • Kathy Horton

    Discovering Edible Lambs Quarter Weeds. It can frequently be found growing in vegetable gardens, on disturbed soil, and along the fringes of fields and banks. The plants can grow to about four feet in height with multiple branches forming off of a main squarish looking central stem. Lambs quarter leaves often have a white, pollen-like substance coating their undersides. The young leaves and smaller stems can also be eaten raw in salads. The cooked greens are delicious as well.

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Lamb’s Quarters, Chenopodium album, is a wild green that contains more calcium than any other plant studied, according to botanist and author John Kallas. It’s also high in protein, vitamin A and vitamin C. The leaves taste excellent raw or cooked. As a member of the Goosefoot family, it is botanically related to spinach, as well as to Swiss chard, quinoa and beets.

Many people see Lambs Quarters as nothing more than a common weed, never realizing that a tasty and nutritious green vegetable could be enjoyed, free for the picking. The leaves and stems are edible and absolutely delicious, with a flavor that can be compared to spinach or chard with an earthy, mineral rich taste.

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