Thursday, September 8, 2011

Eating the Giant Lamb's Quarters

We are growing a plant that we call Giant Lamb's Quarters.  Eric brought it back from a trip to Colorado.  He met someone there who had found the plant growing in an urban lot in Canada and had brought it back to his garden where it had been self seeding for the past 10-15 years.  We had never seen a Lamb's Quarters with leaves that big, so we were eager to try it.  We don't know what species it is, but it is a member of the Chenopodium family, which is the same family that includes Good King Henry and Quinoa.

Jonathan brought some in today and we cooked it up for lunch.  Just a simple saute with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.  We cooked a mix of the large leaves and their soft stems.  It tasted delicious.  Kind of nutty, kind of beet-like.  We weren't sure how it would taste since it had begun to put on flower buds, and oftentimes that makes a plant turn bitter, but we were happy to find it still had a very delicate flavor.

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