We ignore this plant of many names – Goosefoot, or Fat Hen or Lamb’s Quarters (Chenopodium album) – as we walk along, yet it contains more goodies than its close relative, Spinach (Spinacia oleracea). It’s usually an annual, but what with the new weather and all. I’ve been seeing plants lasting all year.
In summer, 2016, I dug up a ‘weed’ from the footpath and planted it in the middle of one of our garden beds. Around it I planted more traditional vegetables and herbs, then neglected the bed, giving only a sprinkling on the hottest days.
The Goosefoot thrived while the only the Parsley survived to keep it company.
Says a lot, doesn’t it? I’ll be growing this instead of Spinach from now on.
Here’s a conservative breakdown of what’s in the leaves…