Freaky Fruit: Lambsquarters
It’s been quiet on the freaky fruit front. But now, as the new season kicks in, unusual greens are beginning to debut at the farmers market. Here’s a strange one: lambsquarters.
Lambsquarters is an elaborate name for wild spinach. The edible weed is also known as goosefoot and pigweed.
With serrated leaves, lambsquarter is more reminiscent of parsley than it is of its curly, rambunctious cousin, common spinach.
Lambsquarter has three times the calcium of regular spinach and is a better source of iron than spinach because it lacks oxalic acid, which blocks iron absorption.
Lambsquarter can be cooked or eaten raw, just like spinach. It sells for $2.00 a bunch at the farmers market.