Chenopodium album . . .

A weed or healing herb?

As you work in the garden and find Chenopodium album, commonly known as lamb's quarters or white goose foot to name a few, don't be in a rush to pull it all out and toss in the compost pile.

Related to spinach, beets and quinoa, it is high in protein, vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. The leaves and young shoots (under 10" high) may be eaten as a leaf vegetable. Toss them in a salad raw or eat them steamed or sautéed.

In the fall you collect the seeds which are high in beta carotene, calcium, potassium, iron (more than spinach!), b-complex vitamins and vitamin C. Dry and grind the seeds. Use them as you would other dried grains, as cereal or add to your bread recipe.

A weed or healing herb?

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