Lambsquarters (Chenopodium album)

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Botanical names:
Chenopodium album Accepted
Chenopodium album var. reticulatum Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit:Herb/Forb
Life cycle:Annual
Sun Requirements:Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences:Mesic
Plant Height:10 to 150 cm (4-50 inches)
Leaves:Unusual foliage color
Fruiting Time:Summer
Fall
Flowers:Inconspicuous
Flower Color:Green
Other: Yellowish green, covered with whitish meal
Bloom Size:Under 1"
Flower Time:Summer
Fall
Underground structures:Taproot
Uses:Salad greens
Cooked greens
Will Naturalize
Suitable for forage
Edible Parts:Stem
Leaves
Seeds or Nuts
Flowers
Eating Methods:Raw
Cooked
Dynamic Accumulator:Nitrogen fixer
P (Phosphorus)
K (Potassium)
Ca (Calcium)
Mn (Manganese)
Resistances:Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds:Needs specific temperature: Best at 32-41 F (0-5C)
Other info: Presence of nitrates in soil helps germination
Pollinators:Wind
Containers:Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

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ATP Podcast #15: Edible Wild PlantsATP Podcast #15: Edible Wild Plants
April 24, 2013

In this episode, Dave and Trish talk about their favorite wild edible plants, the kinds of plants you might come across as you walk through the woods. Many of the plants on this list are sure to surprise you!

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Posted by dave (Jacksonville, Texas - Zone 8b) on May 22, 2013 7:24 AM

This is one "weed" we have a lot of, and I'm glad for it. It's edible (the young tips are especially good eaten out of hand in the garden) and it's a nutrient accumulator.

I let them grow along the verges and when they get big enough (3 to 4 feet tall) I cut them down and throw them into the chicken yard, where the poultry relish them. We also use them as a free mulch in the vegetable garden.

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Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on May 18, 2016 8:49 PM

A delicious vegetable weed. Has a unique flavor, savory and kind of salty, probably most similar to Swiss Chards (Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla) or Spinaches (Spinacia oleracea).

I recommend eating young stems, leaves, and flower clusters. Very good gently stewed with caramelized onions. Old stems are stringy and tough, and not pleasant to eat because the tough parts remain even after they've been cooked. Once the plant starts going to seed, it tends to stop producing leaves even if you cut it back, so best to pluck off and eat the flowers and then cut down the plant for compost.

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