Posted By Jonathan on March 26, 2012
We have a weed growing next to our deck, on the north side of our house. Actually, the weed is growing all over the place…but it’s most prevalent in that spot. It has completely covered the ground along the deck.
I was curious was it was, and found out that it is called chickweed! I thought that was a cute name for a plant, and thought the plant itself its pretty cute as well. The reason it’s called chickweed is because chickens love to eat it. I thought to myself, well the chickens eat it and we eat the chickens. Is this an edible weed?
Sure enough it is! Here are some very interesting facts about this plant, which can be better thought of as an herb, rather than a weed.
– Chickweed is a good source of vitamins A, D, B complex, C, as well as iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, sodium, copper, and silica. No more multivitamins!
– Chickweed is one of the most widely spread herbs in the country, producing more than 800 seeds per plant, per growing season. Each seed can last up to 8 years! This plant spreads like wildfire.
– Chickweed is an excellent remedy for itchy skin. Applying it directly to any itchy skin, it will soothe with the effect of anti-itch lotion which can be purchased in the store. Why not just go grab some chickweed for free?
– Chickweed makes an excellent tea. To make chickweed tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1/4 cup of chickweed. Cover and let steep, off the heat, for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain out the herb and drink the tea hot. Chickweed infusion is excellent for promoting kidney and urinary tract health, and can even help with kidney stones or infections.
I have to be honest, I am sitting here considering cultivating this amazing sounding plant, even though it grows rampantly in our yard. I have tried eating some raw, and it was delicious! It tasted exactly like snap peas fresh from the garden. 🙂 Go ahead and give it a shot.