Lambsquarters are the very common and for some folk, often annoying weed in the garden or in the field in front of your house.
Gardeners will recognize it as a quick plant taking root almost overnight in tilled soil, forming a smothering carpet of dusty green leaves in a short time. If you leave it to grow, it will quickly grow to half a meter in height and then waist high and beyond.
So what’s so great about this pesky plant?
It’s a nutrient-powerhouse.
No other plants contained nutrition like this one, and therefore this should be in your everyday diet. Think spinach, but better. Super-spinach if you will. Spinach in tights and a cape. And cooked up with a lot of butter and a little salt?
Lambsquarters’ nutritional benefits are many. When you’re harvesting lambsquarters in your spinach field, you might let a patch go wild and harvest it instead!
Lambsquarters is significantly higher than spinach in many nutrients.
- vitamin C
- vitamin A
It is also high in iron, though not so high as spinach.
Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale, member of the Sunflower family) are cheerful little plants with off the chart nutrition and medicinal qualities and rather tasty too, the leaves taste slightly bitter similar to endive. The bane of many lawn enthusiasts, they have been revered by herbalists worldwide for untold centuries, and have been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine as well as by the Native Americans. It is still cultivated as a crop in many parts of Europe such as France and Germany. Dandelions are a sensational superfood and fabulously free, fresh and unpackaged.
Powerful Dandelion Nutrition
Here’s what so special about this abundant wild edible plant:
Contains 112 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin A & four times more vitamin A than lettuce
Higher in beta-carotene than carrots.
The iron and calcium content is greater than spinach.
32 percent daily value of vitamin C per cup of leaves.
Contains vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6, B12, C, E, P, and D, biotin, inositol, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc, and many other trace elements and enzymes.
Contains the antioxidant lutein, which is good for healthy vision.
- Also helenin which is reputed to help with night vision
Rich in inulin, this is a prebiotic, which actually feeds and encourages the growth of the beneficial bacteria in the gut as well as balancing blood sugar and diabetes.
The flowers contain lecithin, this helps the liver to break down fats and improves brain function.
The MILKY SAP found in the leaves and flower stems have been used to remove warts, corns, callouses and other stubborn skin maladies.
When placed in a paper bag with unripe fruit, the flowers and leaves of Dandelion release ethylene gas ripening the fruit quickly
Dogs, cats, hamsters, horses and our other furry friends can also eat dandelions. It aids their digestion, and cleanses their liver and kidneys.
Acorns are superfood?
Well, put down the kale and trade in your current favorite superhero to the super-squirrel, ‘cause acorns are the new superfood!
To be real, no corporate produced food could possibly be compared to the ideal of a superfood, a non-corporate term for a nutrient-rich food considered especially beneficial for health and well-being. However these nuts got super qualities and are enriched with vitamin E. Acorns in have been popular recently because they are a very ecologically friendly and healthy food source.
Nutritious & Abundant
Basically all nuts are nutritionally healthy in moderation…what makes acorns different is their abundance in North American forests, says Wayne Askew, professor emeritus of the Division of Nutrition at University of Utah College of Health. Acorns contain very large amount of carbohydrates and fats. As well as the minerals calcium and proteins are very well present. By consuming it you will get rich with phosphorus, and potassium, and the vitamin niacin. Some former instructor of the Wilderness Nutrition class, used acorns as main source for his energy and well being. This is an example of a edible food. Foraging that would be a good protein source and safe compared to any product from the corporate pharmacies for example.
Historically in the North American Indian diets it was considered as a very important staple. When considering our diet we should use acorns in our everyday diets. You can consider then more of a novelty food for you and your family. Askew’s own particular harvest comes from a tree located just north of the Olympic bridge west of Wasatch looking toward the guesthouse.