LAMB'S QUARTER (Chenopodium album) Other common names: Goosefoot,pig weed Identification: The plant is annual and grows from 1' to 6' in height, with stems rigid, green or sometimes reddish-striped. Leaves are variable in shape but usually somewhat triangular in outline with coarsely toothed margins. The lower leaf surface is grayish green and densely covered with mealy particles. The small flowers are crowded in the leaf axils and at the stem tips. Each flower develops a tiny single, shiny black seed that is covered by a white papery envelop, the calyx. This so called common weed is found in wastelands,gardens and along stream banks. Parts used: Stems, leaves, seeds Preparation: An excellent pot herb. Stems and leaves can be cooked like spinach or used in salads when young and tender. When freezing for storage blanch first. The small dark seeds can be ground and used as flour. Harvest them by rubbing the husk between your hands. This separates the chaff, then winnow.
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