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Let 'em Grow: Lamb's Quarters

By dave
June 7, 2012

This is one in a series of very short articles that will hopefully change your mind about some surprisingly good weeds. And even if your mind isn't changed, you'll still be well informed.

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vic
Jun 6, 2012 6:17 PM CST
Great article Dave!

I'm not recognizing this weed and I thought for sure I had every weed known here Thumbs up

Good photo's though so I'll keep looking.

I'm loving all these weed articles. It's changing our diet and if I find this weed, our garden soil Green Grin!
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Sharon
Jun 6, 2012 6:22 PM CST
The good weeds will all be great for your garden soil, Vic!
That's just about the best contribution they make, nutrition. They keep it from eroding too when it's barren between crops.

Good weeds!
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plantladylin
Jun 6, 2012 6:31 PM CST
I'm loving these articles about weeds and I think I've seen this one around my yard at one time or another! I'd be afraid to taste anything I wasn't sure of so these articles with such great photo's are very helpful!

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dave
Jun 6, 2012 6:56 PM CST

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Another thing I forgot to mention in the article: Lamb's Quarters are very easy to control. Although they reseed abundantly, the seedlings (and even mature plants) are easy to pluck out.
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wren
Jun 6, 2012 8:23 PM CST
Thanks for such good info. Always looking for good weeds!!!!
I grow 2 weeds for the butterflies. Frog Fruit and Cud weed, most people hate these 2 but both are the host plant butterflies.
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mcash70
Jun 6, 2012 8:25 PM CST
Good article Dave, I'm not sure I have seen Lamb's Quarters here but now I will be on the look out for it. I love to torture DH with 'weird' food, in his opinion!!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 6, 2012 8:53 PM CST
I first met Lamb's Quarters around 1977 when dh & I went to Kerhonkson, N.Y. & stayed with a friend & his mother, Earla Conklin, one summer. She had a great big garden & to help earn our keep we weeded, mulched & tended the garden. Mrs. Conklin had 3 rows of Lamb's Quarters right next to 3 rows of Swiss Chard. I had no idea what Lamb's Quarters were but Mrs. Conklin taught me. She said most people call them weeds but they were good weeds & could be cultivated & eaten. She taught me they were very nutritious & told me how to cook them when one was not eating them raw while tending the garden. I also did all the cooking while we were there. I cooked a lot of Lamb's Quarters that summer and I put raw Lamb's Quarters in salad. They are delicious, cooked or raw.
We returned to our Florida & all these years since I have looked for Lamb's Quarters growing as weeds; because I loved them & would have loved to have some in my yard. I never found any. I think about them all the time. I have looked on our property for them, hoping I would find some growing wild. But no, I haven't found any. But I would like to.
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frostweed
Jun 7, 2012 6:10 AM CST
Dave, when I had a large vegetable garden the lambs quarters would get up to 6 feet tall, and I also had the red variety,
They sure are nice. Smiling
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canadanna
Jun 7, 2012 6:52 AM CST
Great article. I also don't know if I have seen them but will look out for them.
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Dutchlady1
Jun 7, 2012 7:02 AM CST
So is the seed also edible like Quinoa?
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dave
Jun 7, 2012 7:14 AM CST

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Yes, it is grown specifically for grain in some parts of the world, especially India. The seeds are smaller than quinoa, though.
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 7, 2012 7:56 AM CST
I wonder if the seeds are coated in saponin like Quinoa; in which case they would need to be rinsed well prior to cooking or it will taste quite bitter.
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Jun 7, 2012 8:05 AM CST

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I would expect the seeds should be treated exactly like quinoa.
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 7, 2012 8:09 AM CST
I don't imagine I will be messing with trying to harvest the seeds for anything other than growing new plants. Quinoa is good enough for me & YUMMY!
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Jun 7, 2012 8:10 AM CST

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I agree
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Horseshoe
Jun 7, 2012 9:24 PM CST
A pleasant "weed" to have. It grows like crazy here and I'm grateful!

I like it best mixed with other salad greens (raw salad) but will one day have to take the time to cook some. I think I've neglected cooking any because by the time it gain in size I have plenty of other greens, chard, beans and such coming on. I'm so spoiled, eh!? :>)

Looking forward to the next "weed article".

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dave
Jun 8, 2012 6:19 AM CST

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Same with me, Shoe. Plus, my orchard is so far from the house, I would have to intentionally harvest lamb's quarters to bring back home and I've never done that. So I just snack out in the field.
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wren
Jun 8, 2012 7:05 AM CST
I found where I can buy some plants this fall!!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Jun 8, 2012 2:21 PM CST
Great info, Dave, thanks! I knew it was edible, but I didn't know about it's value as a fertilizer.
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woofie
Jun 8, 2012 3:59 PM CST
I'm almost certain that's the stuff that grows around here in abundance! Can't imagine you wouldn't have it around as well, Margaret. Smiling
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