Chickweed

(Stellaria media)

The stem of this plant is weak and branched, with a hairy fringe. The leaves grow opposite each other on the stem. The flowers are white and star-shaped, with heart-shaped petals. The Chickweed plant stands about 12 inches in height and is a common weed in fields and meadows.

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The greens can be eaten raw or cooked and are a good source of vitamin B. Native Americans used the seeds for bread or to thicken soups. Early in the spring the leaves can be used as accompaniment in a salad. However, the leaves and stems are best cooked, and can take the place of asparagus tips in any meal. Used is a stew, chickweed gives a taste similar to okra

Rabbit Stew with Chickweed Skin the rabbit, cut up into small pieces and place in a pot. Add a little water (1/2 cup). Cover tightly and simmer in the campfire for about 1 hour. Clean the chickweed and put 4 handfuls of plant leaves and stems into the spot. Simmer for a further 1/2 hour. Serve while it is still hot.

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Chick"weed` (?), n. Bot.

The name of several caryophyllaseous weeds, especially Stellaria media, the seeds and flower buds of which are a favorite food of small birds.

 

© Webster 1913.

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