by Evelyn Long
(Grays Harbor County, Washington)

A fairly mature lambquarter plant in a small patch

A fairly mature lambquarter plant in a small patch

Lambsquarters are a delicate and delicious spinach like green that grows in disturbed soil, such as ground that is tilled for a garden. It can be found all over US.

A grainy feeling flower head forms on the inner part of the stems of mature plants. Smaller plants can be harvested, cooked and served on the stem, or eaten raw.

Remove the leaves from tough stems, and remove the buds if they are formed, before preparing.

The nutritional value of lambsquarters exceeds that of spinach.

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thanks for the picture
by: Wakien

Nice photo which should help people identify this wonderful plant..thanks :)

lambsquarters smoothies
by: Nelson

Why spend money on spinach at the store? Go into your yard and gather the ingredients for a nutritious power smoothie! I just made one with lambsquarters, mulberries. I did add some store bought stuff like ginger, kiwi and ripe bananas. Then I like to grind flax seed, hemp seed, pumpkin seed and add in as my homemade protein powder. The seeds are the only fat I eat in my low fat vegan diet. Sometimes I add coconut water in addition to the filtered water I get from the local organic produce store. Enjoy!

Lambsquarters Soup
by: Stumpjumper

For several generations we have been adding this plant to just about any kind of soup. It is easily picked as a "weed" in most gardens. Really adds a great flavor and nutrition to the soup.

more about Lambsquarters...
by: Winyan Staz

You can also gather and harvest the seeds of lambsquarters.
They can be added to stews as well as dried and made into flour along with other wild seeds.
This plant contains more vitamins, minerals and such then most green leafy vegetables cultivated domestically including spinach.
You can steam it like spinach, if you have a cholesterol problem and it will quickly end your problem.

If you dont want to grind the seeds into a flour you can just throw the seeds (along with other edible wild seeds such as the seeds from plantain as well as the larger grass seeds) into some boiling water and make a breakfast cereal.

Just so you know...ALL grasses and seeds are edible but some are just not as good for flour or cereal as others. If you eat grass as you walk swallow the juice but spit out the leaves and stems as they are too hard to digest in that form..however you can use them in small amounts after juicing at home. Just remember they are practically ALL fiber and go very sparing so you dont get bound up.
The tiny white parts where the grass connects to the roots is also edible as are the ends of the inner stems...and good to add into soups etc.

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