Sunday, August 17, 2008

Edible Weeds

On my walk down Union Street, on the distinctive block between Smith and Baltic, where the gardens are in front of the houses, not hidden behind, I photographed these "weeds". The amaranth (Amaranthus cruentus) is probably a hybrid, and I hope the home owner/tenant knows that it can be eaten, too. Also known as pigweed, Chinese spinach, callaloo. And do they know about the fat hen/lambs quarters (Chenopodium album) growing in front of the amaranth? Even better tasting. I saw a lot of fat hen in the park, too, and was tempted, but too self conscious, to pick some.

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