How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Nutrition fit for Pop-EyeThe rustic taste gives an impression of strength. Lamb's quarters contains more protein, calcium, and vitamins B1 and B2 than cabbage or spinach, making it a wild edible fit for Pop-Eye, our favorite green vegetable hero. It is also rich in iron, phosphorus, and vitamins B1, B2, C, and A. Lamb's Quarters warms your mouth, is slightly salty, sour, and mildly spicy.
Eat the WeedsThe durability & vigor of wild edible weeds cannot be matched by farmed food. Consider their tough ability to survive all weather conditions, competition from other plants, and trampling underfoot. Your body will enjoy the brawny vigor and vitality of these able-bodied plants.
Edible weeds are a sign of providence. They represent nature's abundance & generosity. By eating & even noticing weeds, you join God's happiness & joy in celebrating life, and His sincere wish to keep you healthy and strong.
Once you find one of these weedy gems growing in your yard, let it go to seed and you'll have hundreds of them next year to supplement your groceries. It's cheap to eat these healthy weeds and you can feed your whole family!
No Green Thumb? No Worries!Lamb's quarters is easy to grow and even easier to find - it doesn't need fertilizers, pesticides, or tilled soil. The name, lamb's quarters, describes its robust ability to grow in pens trampled by destructive lamb hooves. It is also known as pigweed, goose foot and even bacon weed.
You don't need to purchase seeds, simply dig one up in your neighborhood. This hardy weed is prolific, covering disturbed soils everywhere. A simple step out your front door is enough to begin your hunt for lamb's quarters. Find lamb's quarters in your garden, growing out of the cracks in the sidewalk, along a fence, or in any open lot. Keep the dirt around the roots intact and replant in your garden. It's tender shoots are deceptively strong and don't need coddling.
Avoid Lambs Quarters grown in fertilized or treated soils. As easily as it absorbs minerals from the earth, giving it it's rich flavor, lamb's quarters readily absorbs dangerous nitrates and pesticides.
Identifying Lamb's Quarters
White-lavender dust coats green leaves shaped like a goose's foot. It's topmost leaves will be a soft shade of purple. Plants may be anywhere from six inches to six feet high. It's flowers shoot up from the stalk in a cluster of tiny green flowers in the shape of a spike, blooming from May thru November's frost.
If you believe you have found a bacon weed plant, pick a leaf, fold it up and crush with your fingers to release its aroma. If the crushed leaves release a scent of turpentine, you have encountered an inedible cousin of lamb's quarters. If it smells like a more pungent spinach, it's probably a lamb's quarters.
Like raw spinach, raw lamb's quarters contains oxalic acid which can aggravate chronic inflammatory conditions when eaten in large quantities. Cooking will break down oxalic acid, allowing your body to indulge in this natural multi-vitamin risk free.
BUYING & PREPARATION
COOKING LAMB'S QUARTERSBrowse Recipes
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Are Lamb's Quarters Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
SERVING SIZE: 1/8 lbs
SPECIES: Chenopodium album
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICSWhat is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Here are the herbal actions of Lamb's Quarters:
BUILDS-STAMINAPromotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.
SATISFIES-STOMACHProvides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
TONICA tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.
PROMOTES-VIRILITYEncourages virility and potency.
Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.
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HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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What a great article! My brother and his son started harvesting wild vegetables around the canyons in San Diego - wonderful greens like this one, mallow, fennel, squashes, unique root vegetables. He reports saving more than he realized on his groceries, and great fun in the kitchen. We should all try it. I'm traveling now but will see if my local farmer's market has info on identifying edible plants in this are - fun food adventures!
Lamb's quarters and chickweed are my favorite backyard edibles.
TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMSLamb's Quarters may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any food for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.