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Offline bilmac

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Lambs quarters
« on: March 19, 2012, 04:14:23 AM »
Farther south where folks are already welcoming spring the lambs quarters will be nearing time to pick. "Chenopodium album" is considered a baryard weed most places, but it is cultivated as a potherb in a few. Picked when small and tender and treated like spinich it beats spinich for flavor to my taste buds, it doesn't have the bitter taste.
Grandma showed me the plant when I was a child and taught me to appreciate the flavor. Google the plant to indentify it if you don't know it. There are lots of more complex recipies on the net. I think the way grandma cooked it by boiling with some butter and vinegar or lemon juice is just fine.

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Re: Lambs quarters
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2013, 07:33:52 PM »
When I was a kid my aunt from the south showed me how to identify and pick it.  I couldn't tell it from any other weed these days...

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Re: Lambs quarters
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2013, 12:01:24 AM »
I keep an eye out for it here in Miss but farm chemicals make it scarce. See most of it around uncared for barn lots. Haven't run across enough to try to cook any yet. Picked some "sheep sheer" once by mistake and boiled it about half a day and it still chewed like felt cardboard. ear
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Re: Lambs quarters
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2013, 09:42:00 AM »
I looked it up online and that's a weed I pull out of the garden. Just pulled a dozen or so out the other day. Maybe I'll give them a try next time.
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Re: Lambs quarters
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2013, 09:15:25 PM »
If I can positively identify it, I might try cultivating it on one of my planters.  I'm overly cautious with wild eatables these days.

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Re: Lambs quarters
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2013, 11:12:55 PM »
I have been pulling up wild garlic and removing the root and most of the green top. I coat the top , the white stem and bulb, with olive oil and grill it until soft. Sweet and mild. I am waiting until the heads seed and dry to try to spread out the patch. Don't know if the seed from the top will come up, The bottoms might have one side bulb but most seem to not have any. ear
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Re: Lambs quarters
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2013, 12:46:02 PM »
I have allready had a few messes of  lambs quater, goose foot ,  some call it fat hen,   blanch it and put it in freezer it keeps good   have  free greens all winter   wife put 5 bags of it in freezer today. now is time to gather it before the grass hoppers beat you to it   ;D   the water cress is ready to gather here also  but it wont keep .   

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Re: Lambs quarters
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2013, 12:54:24 PM »
If I can positively identify it, I might try cultivating it on one of my planters.  I'm overly cautious with wild eatables these days.

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its easy to identify ,   and  eats good to  ,   if you want to start a patch   this fall after a freeze the stems and stock turns  red or purple  cut off a few  stocks  put in a box  and  put up in out shed till early spring  shake them  and you got a lot of small black  seed.  I just leave a few grow in the patch every year and then till early spring  bout or before last freeze  and it comes back volunteer  big time.

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Re: Lambs quarters
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2013, 12:50:08 PM »
Tried some yesterday. That was pretty good stuff.
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Re: Lambs quarters
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2020, 09:08:42 AM »
Some time ago now, but one year my home town neighbor's former garden, not in use any more, came up 90 percent Lambs Quarter.
I wish I had picked some as I could have filled five gallon bucket.
Oddly I have not seen much of it in any of my gardens the past few years.