Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Lamb' quarters (chenopodium album)

Lamb's quarters are also known as pigweed. They are prolific this time of year. As I weed them out of the garden I set them aside for salads and cooking.

Edible parts are the tender leaves, tips and seeds. The leaves have a mild taste and can be added directly to salads. You can eat the entire green plant when very young (about 20 cm/8 inches or less) but discard woody stems on larger, older plants. The greens can be lightly steamed or sautéed. Old sources say to cook greens for 10-15 minutes but I only sauté long enough to wilt them. As you can see, they are really great with mushrooms!

The highly nutritious seeds can be ground for flour or made into a breakfast gruel. I have not yet tried the seeds but might get to this year.

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