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Fat Hen

Chenopodium album

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Amaranthaceae (Amaranth)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Leafy flower spikes, petalless, green sepals, yellow stamens.
Fruit:
A thin, oval membranous seed that starts off green and later turns a mottled, shiny brownish black. The surface of the seed is slightly wrinkled or smooth.
Leaves:
Simple, alternate, blunt-toothed leaves. Variable in shape but generally triangular to diamond-shaped, up to 4 inches long and 2.5 inches wide. Greyish-green on top and paler beneath, giving the plant a dusty, or silvery appearance from afar. The upper leaves are smaller and less toothed, sometimes not toothed at all.
Maximum Size:
150cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves are edible raw, or can be steamed and eaten like spinach. High in iron, calcium, protein, and vitamins B1 and B2. When eating raw, eating in small quantities is recommended as this plant contains some oxalic acid. The shoots, seeds and flowers are edible too. Eat in salads, smoothies, soups and juices.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Allgood, Bacon Weed, Frost-blite, Lamb's Quarters, Lambsquarters Goosefoot, Manure Weed, Mealweed, Melde, Mutton Tops, Pigweed, White Goosefoot, White Pigweed, Wild Spinach.
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, meadows, roadsides, wasteland.