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P.E.M.U. 0002 – Common Chickweed (Stellaria media)

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New to P.E.M.U.? Start here: https://bigpigblog.com/2015/03/20/p-e-m-u-project/ Do the work!! Use a good field guide for identification and start your journey. Items in “bold” are first hand experience.

This week’s featured plant is another yard food, Common Chickweed (Stellaria media)

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Common Chickweed (Stellaria media)

Family – Page 114 of Botany in a Day – Elpel

Identification – Page 274 of Newcomb’s

  • Single line of hairs down stem
  • Sap not milky

P – oisonous

  • Can be distinguished from poisonous look-a-likes by absence of milky sap 

E – dible

  • Raw
  • Cooked
  • Pesto
  • Cream soup

M – edicinal

  • Skin poultice
  • Skin ointment
  • Tea for coughs

U – seful

  • Weather indicator 

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Chickweed pesto… chickweed, olive oil, some garlic, parmesan cheese, sunflower seeds, and salt

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Resources: 

PFAF – http://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?LatinName=Stellaria+media

Eat The Weeds – http://www.eattheweeds.com/chickweed-connoisseurs-2/

Interested in learning more about the Poisonous, Edible, Medicinal, and Useful plants around us? Check out BPO’s foraging classes http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/poisonous–edible–medicinal—-useful-plants.html