My Dirt Time The Adventures of Tom Sciacca

< Return to Gallery

page title

Lamb's-Quarters (Chenopodium album)

"My son and i were chewing on some of this along with some other plants this weekend while exploring the farm and watching my daughter horseback ride. It's a great plant and my little guy said it taste like peas. Do you know what it is?"

Answer: Lamb's-Quarters

Facts as borrowed from Wildman Steve Brill:

This European relative of spinach and beets, which grows throughout the North America, bears large quantities of edible, spinach-flavored leaves you can collect from mid-spring to late fall. It's one of the best sources of beta-carotene, calcium, potassium, and iron in the world; also a great source of trace minerals, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, and fiber.

Urban and suburban parks feature this "weed" in unmanicured sunny areas. You can also find it along roadsides, in overgrown fields, backyards, on disturbed soil, and in vacant lots.

Don't confuse this odorless plant with epazote, which smells resinous and is poisonous if eaten in quantity; and don't collect where the soil might be contaminated with toxic nitra

You can eat the leaves and stems at this stage, in early spring, when this annual (1-year) plant first appears.

Strip the leaves and add them to salads, steam 5 to 10 minutes or until just wilted, add seasonings, and serve as a vegetable side dish; or prepare like spinach.

< Return to Gallery


August 2012:
Hurricane Season Prediction for 2012

April 2012:
How much water is enough?

October 2011:
New ion Flashlight Firestarter

October 2011:
Mushroom Walk & Cooking Experiment

September 2011:
More Favorite Plants on Facebook

July 2011:
Facebook Giveaway: Photo Contest

June 2011:
Facebook Giveaway: Your Survival Kit

March 2011:
Facebook Knot Tying Contest & Giveaway

February 2011:
Kevin Estella Survival Primer Slideslow

February 2011:
Camping Survival YouTube Video Blogs

January 2011:
Edible Plants on Facebook Part II

January 2011:
Kevin Estela Product Demonstrations II

August 2010:
Edible Plants on Facebook

June 2010:
Kevin Estela Product Demonstrations

May 2010:
Scout Challenge - Troop 35 Columbia, PA

May 2010:
Scout Challenge - Pack 201 Killeen Texas

May 2010:
Scout Challenge - Troop 179 Kansas City

March 2010:
Facebook Fans Favorite Survival Tools

February 2009:
Five great survival skill presentations

January 2009:
Winter Camping

August 2008:
MRE, Meals Ready To Eat Dissection

July 2008:
Wild edible plant school III

Spring 2008:
Some Recent Backpacking Trips

May 2008:
Aurora Magnesium Fire Starter Video

March 2008:
Hybrid Solar Oven Cooker Demo

January 2008:
Winter Survival Camping

September 2007:
Family Camping Survival Skills

July 2007:
Edible Plant Survival Project

April 2007:
Survival Skills for Kids

February 2007:
Winter Camping Trip

August 2006:
Edible Plant Survival

July 2007:
Survival Presentation to the Kids

July 2005:
Wilderness Survival Skills School

Camping Survival News

Check out these sites: