Lamb’s Quarter, Chenopodium album, is one of the most nutritious wild edible you can forage. This European native has been used by many American Indians for it’s spinach-like qualities, and it is also called Wild Spinach but it is much more nutritious. Medicinally, it has been used to expel worms, as a blood medicine, dietary aid, pain remedy, for gas relief and to cure and prevent scurvy.
Keep your eyes and ears open and your powder dry!
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