Common Lamb's-quarters

Chenopodium album

Summary 5

Chenopodium album is a fast-growing weedy annual plant in the genus Chenopodium.

General Information 6

Lambsquater is the common name for the plant but its scientific name is chenopodium album. Lambquater is member of the amaranth family, other members of the family are goosefoot, quinoa and many more. Lambquater are very common and found worldwide. They can be found almost anywhere. It is easily recognized in India since they use this plant in many of their dishes. This plant is considered an invasive plant. Mid 1400’s to 1500 settlers brought this edible source to the Americas.
The lambsquarter is an annual plant, although it dies every year the seeds from the plant will drop to the ground and in the next year it will grow again. It is considered a weed because it pops up in almost any garden but, Lambsquater is edible. It contains a lot more iron, protein, calcium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and many more benefits than cabbages and spinach. Lambsquarter has a bit of a salty taste, this can be dried and used as a seasoning. As well it is also considered to be medicinal, it can be made into a past to treat bites and sunburns. Another medicinal property is that the leaves can be used to make tea to soothe an upset stomach. There is no threat to the lamb quarter in general because lambsquarters are very easily reproduced and appear almost anywhere the weed is doing well. The plant can be hard to recognize because it does look like an average weed that grows in gardens, to recognize this plant it has white leaves at the very top center. It also has a white cast around it. The name chenopodium in greek means goose foot because the leaves look like one.

Spanish

Lambsquarter es el nombre común de la planta, pero su nombre científico es chenopodium album. Lambsquarter es miembro de la familia del amaranto, otros miembros de la familia son el ganso, la quinua y muchos más. Lambsquarter son comunes, se puede encontrar en todo el mundo. Se pueden encontrar en casi cualquier lugar. Se reconoce fácilmente en India, ya que utilizan esta planta en muchos de sus platos. Esta planta se considera una planta invasiva. De mediados de 1400 a 1500 colonos trajeron esta fuente comestible a las Américas.
Lambsquarter es una planta anual, aunque muere cada año, las semillas de la planta caen al suelo y en el próximo año volverá a crecer. Se considera una hierba porque aparece en casi cualquier jardín, pero Lambsquarter es comestible. Contiene mucho más hierro, proteínas, calcio, vitamina B1, vitamina B2 y muchos más beneficios que las coles y las espinacas. Lambsquarter tiene un poco de sabor salado, se puede secar y usar como condimento. Además, también se considera medicinal, se puede convertir en un pasado para tratar picaduras y quemaduras solares. Otra propiedad medicinal es que las hojas se pueden usar para hacer té para calmar el malestar estomacal. No hay amenaza para la planta en general porque se reproducen muy fácilmente y aparecen en casi cualquier lugar donde la hierba está funcionando bien. La planta puede ser difícil de reconocer porque se ve como una hierba común que crece en los jardines, para reconocer esta planta tiene hojas blancas en el centro superior. También tiene un yeso blanco a su alrededor. El nombre chenopodium en griego significa pata de ganso porque las hojas se parecen a un pata de ganso.

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Engels, Jonathon. “Lambsquarter: Why This Weed Deserves to Be in Your Garden.” One Green Planet, One Green Planet, 13 Aug. 2018, https://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/lambsquarter-weed-deserves-garden/.
“Common Lambsquarters.” Weeds, https://www.canr.msu.edu/weeds/extension/common-lambsquarters.
Images

“Chenopodium Album.” Rewilding Wiki, https://rewild.fandom.com/wiki/Chenopodium_album.
Thegypsy. “Lambs Quarter - Wild & Edible Www.thegypsythread.org.” The Gypsy Thread, 16 Mar. 2018, https://www.thegypsythread.org/lambs-quarter-wild-edible/.

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  5. Adapted by Jordy Hicks from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chenopodium_album
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