re: Lambsquarter Greens
Edna M Weigel (email@example.com)
Mon, 17 May 1999 19:47:02 -0700
Rich asked if others also enjoy lambsquarter greens.
I, too, enjoy lambsquarters. I grew up eating them on my
parents' organic farm in Kansas and was delighted to find them growing
here in the Arizona desert. I agree, they can become a pesky weed, but
they don't have much of a chance in my garden (if nothing else beats me
to them, I eat them). The winter of '97-98 was unusually wet here, and
the lambsquarters came up by the jillions in our uncultivated area. When
last summer's rains arrived, the lambsquarters were already established
so the pig weeds didn't have a chance except in the garden where I had
eaten the lambsquarters. This past winter was VERY dry and lambsquarters
came up only in my irrigated garden. Even there, I had lots of
competition until I improved my fencing to keep the hungry cottontails
out. With no lambsquarters growing in our wild area, I expect jillions
of pig weeds (which are also delicious) with our summer rains this year.
Both are best when the leaves are small and tender. I think of
them as spinach that I don't have to pamper. With lambsquarters as a
cool season crop that extends well into the summer and pig weed as a warm
season crop that lasts until frost, I can generally count on greens even
when my chard, beets, and spinach are between crops.
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