It may look a bit like pea shoots, and taste a bit like spinach - but it’s our chickweed!
It was one of those days where we weren’t too sure what to have for lunch, which normally ends up as scrambled eggs on toast courtesy of our backyard chooks. As I went outside to grab some parsley to add to the mix, I had a sudden thought that this would be a great chance to try out the chickweed!
So in I come with a sprig of parsley in one hand and an absolute bunch of chickweed in the other (in hindsight I picked wayyyyyy too much - but I wanted to give it a good go!).
I can tell you - It’s a success!
We both enjoyed it under our eggs - although I probably should have cut it up a bit as since I used it stalks and all it was quite long to eat - we also had a friend over who gave it a go and was pleasantly surprised!
So my newest addition to the garden will be …. Intentional chickweed! I’m keen to move it from where it is, as I want to have more flowers there or ever-green shrubs, so hopefully, I can find a place where it will thrive on neglect as much as it has already and it can be an easy way to get more green into our diet.
Before committing to eating it though, I did some research as just because something is edible it doesn’t mean it’s good to eat, but all sources lead to it being all good to eat, and full of beneficial nutrients! (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/chickweed-benefits) (https://thisnzlife.co.nz/7-weeds-didnt-know-good/) (https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/garden/110065674/8-wild-herbs-you-can-forage-for-free)