How To Forage And Cook Lamb’s Quarters
Ahh, spring is here and so is the Lamb’s quarters.
I can’t get enough of this awesome, wild green during the spring and early summer. This year I want to challenge myself with foraging and preparing wild food more. As I learn and take pictures I will be sure to show you what delicious (or not so delicious) things I cook up while using foraged foods as the center focus.
Here is some fun information about Lamb’s Quarters
- It’s simply delicious and tastes as good if not better than spinach.
- And it can be found in every US State except Hawaii.
- It goes by many names, Wild Spinach, Pigweed and Goosefoot are a few.
- Lamb’s Quarters was once domesticated by early native Americans.
- And it’s not only the leaves that you can use but the seeds as well.
- I have yet to harvest the seeds, but I certainly intend to this summer.
- The seeds can be used in muffins, bread, and cakes, or used whole as a hot cereal.
- It is now so widespread that it’s considered a weed.
- I found this large patch at my grandparents and was only too happy to harvest it.
The plant’s leaves and seeds are what you’re after. Look for the young tender leaves in the spring and early summer, and harvest the seeds in the late summer. After you’ve foraged for all those beautiful greens, be sure to wash away any dirt or bugs. I don’t usually find any bugs on them, but you never know when one might try to hitch a ride.
How to cook Lamb’s Quarters:
Now, to sauté these beauties, put 1 Tbs. Butter or Olive Oil in a hot pan and pile in the greens. Keep in mind the fact that they will dramatically shrink in size. Stir, and add more butter if they begin sticking to the bottom of the pan. After they’ve wilted and reduced in size, they are ready.
Lamb’s Quarters for Breakfast
I love to eat them with a little salt and pepper, but if I want to make a breakfast out of it I will sauté mushrooms, fry an egg and toast a homemade English muffin. And voila! You have a breakfast sandwich that you’ll want to get up for.
Note: add bacon or sausage if you want to make a meaty, more filling sandwich.
Lamb’s Quarters for Lunch
For a quick lunch, sauté Lamb’s Quarters with mushrooms and warm a tortilla over medium heat. Add a slice of cheese to the tortilla and the sautéed mixture and warm until the cheese is hot and melted. Enjoy your Lamb’s Quarters and Mushrooms Quesadilla while it’s still hot.
And that’s how to cook Lamb’s Quarters for lunch and breakfast.
Well, I hope you enjoyed my spin on Lamb’s Quarters and give it a try.
Have you ever tried Lamb’s Quarters?