Lambsquarters is a hardy edible weed that grows wild in summer throughout California and other cities in the U.S. and Canada. It grows near streams and rivers, and in gardens and forest clearings. Its diamond-shaped leaves are light green on top and whitish underneath, and has a unique feature of dusty looking leaves.
It has a mineral-rich and earthy flavor, similar to chard, and can be enjoyed in salads or added to juices and smoothies. Lambsquarters can be steamed, sauteed, or added to soups as well. The leaves can be blanched and frozen to be enjoyed in winter.
This nutritious plant is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and rich in niacin, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, potassium, calcium, copper, manganese, and vitamins A, C and B6.
Find lambsquarters at your local farmers market this summer and enjoy this nutritious edible weed!