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Pigweed (Chenopodium album) Lambís Quarters

This plant, sometimes called smooth pigweed is one of our most enduring annual weeds producing a tremendous amount of seeds that are able to survive dormant in the soil for decades. It is among the weeds that follow human footsteps and cultivation, liking a soil with a well-fermented humus.

Lambís quarters are particularly stimulated when grown with potatoes, and they should be allowed to grow in the garden in moderate amounts, especially with corn. They also aid cucumber, muskmelon, pumpkin and watermelon as well as giving additional vigor to zinnas, marigolds, peonies and pansies.

This plant, a close relative of spinach, also is good to eat. The young shoots may be cooked and eaten like asparagus. It is richer in vitamin C than spinach, far richer in vitamin A and, though not quite so rich in iron and potassium, is still a good source of these minerals. It is exceptionally rich in calcium.

Lambís quarters is a freebie that everyone should know about, for it is found in cultivated ground from north to south and east to west and plants in the right stage for eating can usually be found from late spring until frost. It even grows in the Andes at a height of 12,000 feet and here has become an important substitute for rye and barley, which cannot survive at such an altitude.

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