Monday, June 8, 2015

Wild Edibles - Lambs Quarter

The single toughest part of growing vegetables organically is managing the weeds. With not chemicals to burn the weeds off we have to rely on good management and physical labor to keep the crops weed free. The good news though is that some of those weeds are delicious.

Lambs quarter is one of the most common and troublesome weeds in America, but it is also one of the best to eat. It has a nutty variation on spinach flavor and cooks up much like spinach. It's high in vitamin A, vitamin C and Calcium. When it is very young it's great raw in salads and when it's a little older a light steaming or saute makes it nice and tender.

Today I tried using lambs quarter in a cream of spinach recipe and it was unbelievably good. You just heat up a table spoon of butter and a table spoon of olive oil in a pan, add a quarter cup of chopped onions and brown them off, throw in a hand full of lambsquarter and let it wilt, then add a quarter cup of cream  and some salt and pepper and let the liquid reduce by half. I'm making another batch tonight it was so good.

One of my favorite things about running a CSA is getting to introduce people to beautiful foods they otherwise might never try. You will never see lambs quarter at the grocery store and probably not at a farmer's market either. And our growers would just be tilling it down if we didn't have the CSA for them. But because we have a group of dedicated supporters who trust us to feed them well, we can turn a weed into a treat and give people an experience they'll never have otherwise. We're putting lambs quarter in our CSA shares this week and then it will be done for the year, but if you miss out this time just keep your eyes open - it's all over the ground if you look for it.

1 comment:

  1. Love lambs quarters in my salads! Thanks for the info!