Lamb’s Quarters

Lamb’s quarters are popping up everywhere. Now is the best time to pick them, when they have only a few leaves, for the following reasons:

  • The young leaves are the most tender. They have a bite similar to spinach, with the same creamy texture.
  • The young leaves taste the best. Older leaves are a little more bland, with a wood flavour.
  • Picking the leaves prevents the plant from going to seed. Once the plant goes to seed, it stops producing leaves, and it doesn’t taste as good.

I suppose the above statements apply to most edible perennials that are coming into season.

Lamb’s quarters can be used in salads, or wilted like spinach.

Tiny lamb's quarters growing in our backyard

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