Wild Arkansas

July 17, 2010

Lambs quarters prep

Filed under: foraging, lambsquarters, organic greens, recipe — Tags: , , , , — WildArkansas @ 4:37 pm

Simple is best. I gathered lambs quarters this morning and though I’ve never prepared it, I took a chance and used it as I have other greens.

Thrown in with a bit of oil, salt and pepper to taste, I cooked it until the leaves turned a darker green color (spinach green).

Daughter #1 tried it and said it smells and tastes like spinach. I don’t think so. I think it tastes like lambs quarters, though it does have the texture, color and smell of spinach.

This is a clean, organic green that grows everywhere in NW Arkansas.

The cost of organic spinach at Ozark Natural Foods is currently:

$6.99 lb in bulk

$2.49 by bunch/bunches are from 1-1.5 lbs.

Lambs quarters nutrition information

High in vitamin C, rich in riboflavin, one cup of cooked lambs quarters provides an excellent source of vitamin A, folate, magnesium, potassium, vitamins E, B6, and thiamine. Substantially more nutrients than cultivated spinach.

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2 Comments »

  1. Great to see you back active this July!

    I scored a big bag of plums in Springdale today… it’s been a good summer.
    Any tips for getting those little cherries in any kind of quantity? I can’t seem to shake them loose onto a tarp like I do with other trees.

    Looking forward to your posts through the prime of harvest season here!

    Comment by Mike Cantrell — July 21, 2010 @ 2:37 am

  2. Hi Mike. It has been a good summer. I can’t say i’ve gotten a bagful of juicy plums..Yummm… Yet. Still looking around here.

    Cherries. When we were kids in the San Joaquin Valley of California, my brothers and I would pick everything by hand. There is no shaking cherries loose. However… I read something not long ago and I can’t remember where I read it. If you have a large amount of small fruit you can place a bag over the ends of branches and run your hand along, knocking the fruit into the bag.

    I don’t know if it will work for cherries. I think if they are ripe it will. If not, you’ll have some squished cherries.

    Good luck and thanks for the comment.

    Comment by maturehealth — July 22, 2010 @ 9:37 pm


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