Edible Wild Foods: Lamb’s-Quarters Recipe

Enjoy hunting for edible wild foods, such as lamb’s-quarters.

| February/March 2013

  • Nutritious Lamb's-Quarters Recipes
    Harvest lamb's-quarters throughout the summer.
    Photo By Rhea Barta

  • Nutritious Lamb's-Quarters Recipes

Over the past several years, I’ve become interested in edible wild plants. Not only are they free, but they’re generally higher in nutritional value than their cultivated relatives. They are oftentimes abundant and at our fingertips, as well. My favorite newly discovered wild green is lamb’s-quarters (Chenopodium album). Most people are familiar with it, even if they don’t recognize it by name. It grows rampantly throughout the United States and Canada. I’ve known for years that lamb’s-quarters are edible — however, I just recently began eating them.

You can eat the entire aboveground part of lamb’s-quarters (leaves, stems and even seeds). So far, I have just been eating the tender tops of young plants, 10 inches or less. They have a mild flavor, somewhat similar to spinach. The leaves can be used just like spinach in pretty much any recipe.

Here’s my favorite lamb’s-quarters preparation. Makes 2 servings. 

Nutritious Lamb’s-Quarters Recipe


1 tbsp butter or ghee 
2 cloves garlic, minced6 button mushrooms, sliced 
2 large handfuls tender tops of lamb’s-quarters, washed 
Salt and pepper, to taste 


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