Lambs Quarters is an edible weed that grows all over the world in temperate climates including the US. And the leaves have a shape which is similar to the foot of a goose.
Picking – This plant can grow 4 or 5 feet tall but it’s usually most tender when pick when very small… less than 1 foot tall. It does contain some oxalic acid so it needs to be cooked, but some people do use Lambs Quarters in their salads.
Contains – Lambs Quarters contains: Iron and copper which is important for anemia. A good amount of fiber which is important for promoting probiotic bacteria in the colon and thus boosting your immune system. Potassium for water regulation and cardiovascular health, calcium and phosphorus for strong bones, B vitamins for vitality, carbs and protein.
Plus it also contains magnesium for cardiovascular health, manganese for preventing osteoporosis, plus selenium for prostate health. And Lambs Quarters is very low in fat, cholesterol free, and it’s very low in calories making it a good weight loss food.
Lambs Quarters also contains a good amount of sodium so you won’t need to add extra salt to this wild green. And like all great greens Lambs Quarters contains lots of chlorophyl which is a great detoxing compound that fights infections.
Antioxidants – The fresh shoots of Lambs Quarters also contains a large amount of Beta Carotene which is a powerful antioxidant. Also contains lots of Vitamin A which is a powerful antioxidant and Vitamin C which is great for staving off colds and flues and boosting your immune system… and Vitamin K for clotting.
Omega 3 and 6 Oils – Lambs Quarters also contains a good amounts of Omega Oils that help to prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Vitamin – In fact Lambs Quarters have so many great vitamins and minerals that you can buy Lambs Quarters in capsules as a good vitamin supplement. Amaranth is the most nutritious wild food around… but Lambs Quarters comes in 2nd… not bad for a free.
Anti-inflammatory – Lambs Quarters is anti-inflammatory making it great for arthritis, joint pain, inflammation, swelling and other diseases that are caused by inflammation including cardiovascular disease and strokes.
Taste – Lambs Quarters tastes a lot like spinach and can be used in just about the same way as spinach. Use it in soups, stews, steamed, casseroles, stir fries, added it to smoothies, and just about anything you can think of… but it’s probably best to cook Lambs Quarters before using.
Seeds – The seeds of Lambs Quarters can be dried, ground, and made into a rich flour that works well for cakes, muffins, cereal, pancakes, muffins, breads and so much more. Also the seeds can be roast in the oven and used as a coffee replacement.
Collecting – Collect leaves and shoots from small plants in the spring… and they can be used fresh, dried, or even cooked and frozen for later use… and now some farmers markets have them for sale.
This article is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist and Spiritual Teacher for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, and at www.paulhaider.com – feel free to contact him any time. Also check out Dr. Haider’s radio show at http://www.thesourcecenterradio.com/The-Relaxed-Soul.html Nov. show to be about “A New Way of Learning”
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