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No Meat on These Lambs Quarters, by Jill Kuhel

If you have any open dirt you most likely have lambs~quarters. Consider it a free gift to fill your tummy. The cooked leaves and soaked seeds are edible. The young leaves are tender, but like all of us get tougher with age so pick them when they are below 8 inches. Roger Welsch in his book Weed Me and Reap suggests cooking lambs~quarters with bacon grease. You can also mix the leaves in with your pork wonton filling, egg dishes or soup. Kay Young’s Wild Seasons recipe for creamed lambs~quarters with mushrooms is a favorite at wild edible pot lucks. Like nettles you can freeze the leaves after briefly boiling them. How do you eat your lambs~quarters?

Jill Kuhel

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