Fat Hen (chenopoodlium album) seeds


Inverell, New South Wales, Australia


One teaspoon of seeds.

High in vitamin C and A.

Also known as:- Lamb’s quarters, Melde, Goosefoot, Wild Spinach, All Good, Mutton Tops, Pigweed, bacon weed.
Grows normally around 10 – 150 cm high. Though can grow to 3 metres. Profuse seeds on one plant. Heavily laden seed. High starch good for flour. All flowers, leaves and seed edible. Anciently used for fattening stock. I found that once established it self seeds each year. Wood was used to make walking sticks. My established fat hen plants survived drought ok. I didn’t water them.
Fresh seed collected end April 2022. Very small seed. Soak over night in water before sowing.

Cooking in stir-frys, sprouting greens, eat raw in salads. Use as you would for spinach. I often eat raw leaves whilst in the garden, they have a ‘nutty’ flavour, very nice. Highly nutritious. Ancients used seeds to make flour as high starch content. The only one of a couple of plants I have that repeatedly has survived here by 2 consequetive bad droughts. No watering by me at all. It self seeds. Very grateful for FAT HEN as it’s pulled me pulled me through many times, when I had no fresh greens to eat, when flooded in a few times here.
Apparently some of the plant can be used to dye natural fabrics. Plus the wood turned into walking sticks apparently.
Was a popular fattening food for stock and its use goes back thousands of years.
I brought original seeds from Eden Seeds. And once established I’ve left the plant to self seed each year. Some seeds can self seed in places you don’t want it to. Not many to be a nuisance. FAT HEN goes by many other names (Lamb’s quarters, Melde, Goosefoot, Wild Spinach, All Good, Mutton Tops, Pigweed, bacon weed.

Small plants that come up unwanted, are easily removed and eaten as fresh green sprouts. Or put in juicer for drinks.
I don’t own chooks to vouch for the fattening there-of. But have given a bunch of the plant to my friends chooks once, and her chooks loved it.

Apparently can be used for dying fabrics.

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