Monday, June 25, 2012

Lamb's Quarters Spread

Lamb's Quarters ~  Photo by Thea, June 2012

3 cloves garlic
1/2 small red onion
2 cups Lamb’s Quarters
1 ripe avocado
½ cup toasted almonds or walnuts
8 pitted Kalamata olives
2 TBS mellow white miso
1 TBS fresh lime juice
dash cayenne pepper

In food processor: garlic-process, add onion-process, add lamb's quarters-process, add remaining ingredients and process. Use as a spread on cucumbers.

Lamb's Quarters
Chenopodium album is a common weed, also commonly known as pigweed because it will fatten you up! Loaded with nutrition and as much Vitamin A as carrots it contains; phosphorus, calcium, potassium, B vitamins, and more vitamin C than spinach. It is cultivated in North India where it appears in Indian cuisine and is used in South Africa as a medicinal plant for hypertension. Lamb's Quarters has a mild flavor and can be eaten raw in salads. In North America it is a non-native having been introduced and naturalized. It produces shiny black seeds that are very nutritious and is closely related to quinoa. Prepare and eat like a leafy green. Contains oxalic acid.