Chickweed is just that, a weed. But did you know the entire plant is highly nutritious? Chickweed is a creeping plant that can be found usually in early spring and is around for only a short time.
This herb is a rich source of nutrients, slippery, soothing saponins, protein, fiber, and even essential fatty acids. It is a direct source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a derivative fatty acid of omega-6 fatty acid, which is rarely found in food sources. It also has a very high mineral content!
You can eat chickweed raw in a salad or you can boil, steam, saute', freeze, make tea or dry and powder the herb as a nutrient additive.
Chickweed also makes a cooling, anti-inflammatory poultice for bug bites, minor wounds, pimples, rashes, and eczema.
In the video below, learn from Green Deane how to identify and prepare chickweed, a short-lived spring time green and wild food.
Identifying chickweed checklist: -Alternating hairline along stem -NO white sap -Taste a tiny leaf, it should taste like corn silk -Gently pull apart stem, it should have an elastic core in center
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