Wild Edibles: How to Use Lambsquarter From Root to Seed

Maintain a state of optimal health with minimal cost and effort by harvesting edible weeds, such as lambsquarter, for food, medicine, and self-care.

| December 2014

Lambsquarter plant going to seed

The roots, greens, and seeds of the lambsquarter plant are all edible and extremely nutritious. These ingredients can be used in a variety of wild edible treats and medicinals as well as shampoos and soaps.

Some people might take one look at a patch of lambsquarter and yank it out of the ground to rid their garden or yard of an undesirable weed. Not wild-foods advocate and author Katrina Blair. At her home in Durango, Colo., she tends to her lambsquarter and a number of other so-called “weeds” with the utmost care. In her book, The Wild Wisdom of Weeds (Chelsea Green 2014), Blair focuses on the thirteen edible weeds that grow all over the world and can be used for food, medicine, and self-care. In the following excerpt, learn all about the edible and medicinal uses of lambsquarter and find recipes for a variety of lambsquarter-based foods and products.

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Lambsquarter, A Nutrient-Dense Food Source

Lambsquarter is exceptionally nutritious. Our bodies can produce fourteen of the essential amino acids, but eight of them need to be found in external sources. Lambsquarter is one of those valuable sources.

The whitish dust present on each leaf is made up of mineral salts from the soil and is an indication of its mineral-rich value. Often the lambsquarter leaves will taste salty and therefore make quite a nutritious salt replacement or addition to dishes! Lambsquarter seasoning is made easily by drying the leaves and mixing them with other spices.

Lambsquarter is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. For example, 3.5 ounces of raw lambsquarter, which is about 1 cup of greens, contains 73 percent vitamin A and 96 percent vitamin C of your recommended daily allowances suggested by the USDA. It is also a fantastic source of the B vitamins complex including thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin.

Use Lambsquarter Like Spinach

7/7/2016 9:52:42 AM

Where I live in Northern Maine Lambs Quarters are called "pig weed" by the older folks of French decent. They use it as a green in "Pig Weed Soup".

1/13/2015 9:24:09 AM

I dry Lambsquarters and all my garden and wild greens in my dehydrator then powder them with my coffee grinder. (slow on such a small scale but works) I then have about a bushel of green in one jar of powder to use in soups, sauces and juiced drinks all winter.Omelets, scrambled eggs,pasta....not much you can't use it in.

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