As seen printed in Mystic Pop Magazine. Toxicity See Steve Brill's tips for preparing chickweed: I've been harvesting Indian (aka Miners') lettuce and carefully removing the intergrowing chickweed. This helps to keep Wild Edible online. I had no idea of the historical background on this plant. That's awesome! Species I prefer (bigger the better) There’s a lot of different species of “chickweed” out there, technically, the chickweed in your lawn might be Stellaria media, while the chickweed in your neighbor’s lawn is Stellaria pubera. Try chickweed pesto for your dinner pasta. Chickweed is also edible and known for its pleasant taste. Classifying Other Chickweeds Identify star chickweed. Identification of Chickweed. The 5 Most Common Edible Weeds In Your State By Giurgi C. September 10, 2018 06:18 This is a field guide to the most common plants found throughout the United States. It is one of the ingredients of the symbolic dish consumed in the Japanese spring-time festival, Nanakusa-no-sekku. Back To Wild Edible Plants List Edibility and culinary use. The star-shaped flowers of star chickweed inspired the common and Latin name for this flower. You can make chickweed pesto with two packed cups of freshly chopped chickweed, two cloves of garlic, three Tablespoons of pine nuts, a quarter teaspoon of salt, half a cup of olive oil and half a cup of Parmesan cheese. I never would have known about chickweed if my hens hadn't gone crazy over it today as I was weeding my flower bed- gobbling it up as I pulled it up. Star Chickweed Stellaria pubera Pink family (Caryophyllaceae) Description: This perennial wildflower is about 6-12" tall and unbranched, or sparingly so. Chickweed is known to contain vitamin C, minerals, a fixed oil, and some saponin. It’s also called chickenwort because it’s a free source of tasty early spring chicken food, and winterweed because it grows year-round in milder climates. Notice the shape of the leaves — as well as the petioles. The best part of all is that the flower, stems and leaves are all edible. Only the Mouse-Ear chickweed should be cooked because of texture issues. The pedicel of each flower is up to 1" long and pubescent. Cooperative Extension prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran status. To my knowledge, there hasn’t been any official research conducted. Chickweed is a common annual weed that appears uninvited all across North America. I think they knew a good thing when they saw It! Up to 3 inch long and 1.25 inches broad elliptical, unstalked leaves, pointed at each end. Chickweed’s botanical name, Stellaria media, means little stars. You can add fresh chickweed to your salads and soups to enjoy the chickweed benefits. Diseases, Insects, and Other Plant Problems: No known diseases or other problems. Infertile shoots develop later in the year and don't produce flowers. The plant is easy to grow and can be very lush and vigorous when grown in a fertile soil, but in infertile soils it will flower and set seed while still very small. Chickweed is a wild edible green leafy plant that grows most predominantly throughout Europe and North American climates, but is native to a variety of temperate locations all over the world. You can prepare chickweed in many ways, but eating it raw is best. Thanks so much! It also happens to be edible, nutritious, and have a long history of medicinal use. Common Chickweed is a cool weather plant native to Europe that has widely naturalized in the United States and throughout the world. Over the last month, I’ve noticed a plant friend from early Spring starting to emerge from their summer slumber. In recent years, it has become a highly sought-after food ingredient by restaurant chefs. It grows prolifically and spreads, though can be pulled easily from the roots. Each flower consists of 5 green sepals, 5 white petals (looking like 10 petals, because each petal is deeply bifurcated), a white ovary with 3 styles at its apex, and 10 stamens with reddish brown anthers. Stellaria pubera, or Star Chickweed, is a perennial herbaceous wildflower in the carnation family about 6 to 12 inches tall and sparingly branched. Below that, the stem becomes too stringy and fibrous for most … The seed can be ground into a powder and used in making bread or to thicken soups. cheers, In reply to I found a study on the by Justus Jessen. Chickweed is not native to the US. It is one of the top most common weeds because its seeds are easily transported, making their way to most any moist partially shady section of earth. The name "chickweed" most notably describes Common Chickweed (Stellaria media), although there are several other chickweeds, all in the genus Stellaria. Wow, 20 feet tall?! It’s hard to say. Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day), Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours), 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10a, 10b, 11b, 11a. So happy we don’t destroy any weeds except the stickers which are a real pain. It has simple lance shaped to ovate leaves that are smooth along the margins. It is one of the most common weeds, growing all over the world in gardens, cultivated land and waste places. It has numerous historical uses as an herbal remedy. For those who worry about the safety of chickweed, it is completely safe to consume in moderation.While it is not the most popular leafy addition to a salad, this plant has a ple… Glad the article helped and thanks for the comment! Thanks for a great article! Several sources say it’s high in vitamins C, B, and A, as well as a host of minerals and other healthful constituents. Chickweed is very high in vitamins and minerals. Cooperative Extension, which staffs local offices in all 100 counties and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The central stem is light green to pale purplish green and glabrous to moderately pubescent. Chickweed has a long history of use as a nutritious edible green by both humans and animals. Even though Americans see chickweed as a garden weed, other cultures don’t see it that way. Since chickweed is so prolific, it’s really easy to get enough for a meal or 10 in a short time. We only link books and other products that we think would be useful to our readers. Nearly all parts of the common chickweed plant are edible, including the stems, leaves, flowers and seed pods. Leaves can be cooked. In a temperate climate like our southern Appalachians, chickweed normally appears during the cooler temperatures of fall and dies back in the late spring or early summer heat, but it’s typically considered an early spring plant. Even though this imitation is edible, it is fibrous and hairy, so it isn’t as palatable as common chickweed. It is also eaten by chickens and wild birds. Chickweed – stellaria media is a delightful plant and my favourite edible weed, growing lushly in the colder months. Each sepal is lanceolate to ovate and pubescent. They do not open in dull weather. Edible parts:Chickweed leaves and flowers can be eaten raw. It grows densely and close to the ground, and likely won’t get much taller than a couple of inches. It has a small white flower which appears as if it has ten petals but it is just because the split in the petals. The upper surface of these leaves is medium to dark green and finely pubescent (sometimes sparsely). The genus name, Stellaria, comes from the Latin stella, meaning "star". Chickweed Nutrition Facts A very common garden weed, the flowers open in the morning and remain open for about 12 hours. Chickweed does not have milky sap. It can be added to salads or sandwiches and cooked as a pot herb, tasting somewhat like spinach. In reply to WOW are we covered up with by Jim. The next photo shows Common chickweed as a young plant. Nasturtium. Is Chickweed Edible: Information On Using Chickweed As Food It is common in yards, along the edges of gardens and more. Wow! Each flower has five green petals that surround the colored sepals. I thought I better find out if it could hurt him. Chickweed (Stellaria media) is one of the very first plants of spring. While chickweed is edible, it can be quite a nuisance when you’re trying to maintain a beautiful lawn. Chickweed (Stellaria media) is an annual plant found throughout Europe and is scientifically known as Stellaria Media. I will be harvesting this from now on instead of throwing it away! It has numerous historical uses as an herbal remedy. It’s excellent eaten raw; put it in a salad or prepare as you would spinach: steamed or sauteed. Star Chickweed Stellaria pubera Pink family (Caryophyllaceae) Description: This perennial wildflower is about 6-12" tall and unbranched, or sparingly so. The second typ… The root system consists of a taproot with slender fibrous roots. The central stem of each fertile shoot produces a terminal cyme of flowers; occasional individual flowers may develop from the axils of the upper leaves. In reply to I've been harvesting Indian by Ken. As a herb, Chickweed is probably best known as an old wives herbal remedy for weight loss. Affiliate Disclaimer: In some cases, we use affiliate links, which means we get a small (tiny) commission if you make a purchase after clicking a link. Happy foraging! Over time, it also became naturalized in North America and can be found in recipes and cultural specialties around the world. Chickweed doesn’t do well refrigerated which probably explains the fact that it never made it as a commercial crop, even though it was a popular edible garden plant in the 1800s. It’s also great cooked and makes a good substitute for spinach. Flowers bloom from April to June. Star chickweed, or stellaria pubera, is a less … The flavor is often compared with corn silk. I also find its stamen much more conspicuous. Star chickweed, or stellaria pubera, is a less … Chickweed is a wild edible green leafy plant that grows most predominantly throughout Europe and North American climates, but is native to a variety of temperate locations all over the world. Weak stems with two fine hairy lines. Pollinated by bees and noted for attracting wildlife. Chickweed is a herb native to Europe and Asia, commonly referred to as “snow in the summer” for its small white-star shaped flowers that bloom in the spring season and last autumn. Chickweed is a highly nutritious edible green that can be eaten raw. Small colonies of plants are occasionally formed. It has small, white, star shaped flowers with five petals, each one with two lobes. This weed goes by other names such as chickenwort, craches, winter weed, and maruns. I've read about opium lettuce being a great pain reliever but never actually tried it for that purpose. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). Although common chickweed is considered a pest in lawns and gardens, it is an edible plant. Chickweed is a low growing weed with a sprawling nature, sort of like how clover grows in your back yard. If you look closely at the chickweed you will see tiny star-like flowers. Stellaria pubera is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in) at a fast rate. But, despite its reputation, chickweed is actually a nutritious wild edible. The young shoots are best for picking; add them to salads, wraps, and sandwiches for some summertime flavor! Star chickweed (S. pubera) is native to our rich cove forests here in southern Appalachia. It is an annual preferring cooler, rich, moist conditions and doesn’t survive dry summers. Chickweed has a long history of use as a nutritious edible green by both humans and animals. We are located in NE TN in the mountains and it grows huge like everything else around here. It has a crisp, mild taste similar to fresh lettuce and corn silk. The little star lady chickweed is a powerful nourisher to the glandular and lymphatic systems. It sprouts up while temperatures are still quite cold and snow is still on the ground in patches. They do not open in dull weather. form a strategic partnership called N.C. That's an awesome find, Justus...thanks so much for sharing! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6336281/ You can also opt to use chickweed instead of basil in a delicious pesto recipe. It's amazing how much stuff is out there right in front of us waiting to be discovered. Leaves can be anywhere from 1/4 to 1 1/4 inch long. Notice the shape of the leaves — as well as the petioles. Suitable for: medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. It would be more appropriate to call spinach a substitute for chickweed. I saw chickweed as an ingredient in my tea. Chickweed is excellent raw--use it like sprouts; eat it in sandwiches, wraps, etc. Normally it grows to 6' at best elsewhere. It’s often found in lawns and other areas of sun to partial shade in moist soil. Its pointed oval-shaped leaves grow in pairs opposite each other, fairly far apart on the stem. Native to Europe, chickweed was introduced to North America and other continents by immigrants who valued it as an herb. The soil should be well-drained but consistently moist, with an abundance of organic matter and a layer of decaying leaves. If there’s no milky sap, you’re more likely to have chickweed. It is also used for making tea. I'm glad the article helped! Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Be sure to remove any yellow or brown leaves. The little star lady chickweed is a powerful nourisher to the glandular and lymphatic systems. Chickweed has a long history of herbal use, being particularly beneficial in the external treatment of any kind of itching skin condition. It can be added to salads or sandwiches and cooked as a pot herb, tasting somewhat like spinach. copyright © 2010-2020 Wild Edible, all rights reserved | Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions. Thank you for this information :), I found a study on the nutritional stats of chickweed, as well as a few other urban "weeds". Try pulling the stem apart. Each seed is often slightly notched on one side. It’s also called chickenwort because it’s a free source of tasty early spring chicken food, and winterweed because it grows year-round in milder climates. It’s presumably the plant’s nutrient content that provides healing support. The rest of the Chickweeds can be eaten raw but I think they tastes better cooked. Often not considered a weed, these beautiful flowers are edible in its entirety and make … Chickweed flowers are small, white, and are held tightly in the upper leaf axils. Chickweed is sometimes applied directly to the skin for skin problems including boils, abscesses, and ulcers. I'm about to harvest today's lettuce and, thanks to this information, will be able to sit down sooner to a yet more delicious meal. The 5 Most Common Edible Weeds In Your State By Giurgi C. September 10, 2018 06:18 This is a field guide to the most common plants found throughout the United States. Thank you for the great info. The leaves fold up of a night time, enfolding and protecting the tender buds of new shoots. Star chickweed (S. pubera) is native to our rich cove forests here in southern Appalachia. If you reference table 7 in this document, you will find it. The plant produces both fertile and infertile shoots. To harvest, simply cut the stems with scissors--cut either the tops or the base depending on how much you need and how much is available. The tiny seeds are also edible, but are tedious to gather. Chickweed grows in many areas in a wide variety of habitats and soil. Chickweed (Stellaria media) is an annual plant found throughout Europe and is scientifically known as Stellaria Media. It has a few lookalikes but a few distinguishing factors are: Chickweed is a not only a super plant in terms of its nutritional acclaim, but it’s also delicious. Seems he's smarter than me. Cooked it is similar to spinach though the texture is different. Chickweed (Stellaria media) is one of the very first plants of spring. Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a common cool-weather “weed” that grows abundantly throughout North America and other temperate regions around the world. The next photo shows Common chickweed as a young plant. Thanks for a great article as we have just discovered what we have here and we need all the help we can get. A recent study in m… Our Opium Lettuce grows to 18-20 foot tall and is great for pain relief. N.C. It is one of the top most common weeds because its seeds are easily transported, making their way to most any moist partially shady section of earth. And if you look in between them, with luck, you'll see a bright green creeping plant low to the ground with little white starry flowers: chickweed, a good friend of mine. It has a line of “hair” along the stem, which alternates between the joints. This is a pretty unusual trait for a plant, which makes it a great way to differentiate common chickweed from mouse-ear chickweed, its edible cousin, and scarlet pimpernel, the poisonous lookalike. Of all the Chickweeds, Star Chickweed is probably the most attractive due to its star-shaped white flowers. Young shoots and tender tips of shoots can be eaten raw, cooked, or dried for tea. Stellaria pubera, or Star Chickweed, is a perennial herbaceous wildflower in the carnation family about 6 to 12 inches tall and sparingly branched. This plant sure does shine like a star when it comes to the nutrition it holds as well as medicinal abilities. A food plant for the caterpillars of many butterfly species. Chickweed is an easily found plant, often growing in yards from late Fall to Spring in the South and year round in the North. Uses for Chickweed. Is Chickweed Edible? It’s a tasty addition to salads, breads, and soups, and makes a delicious tea. I was always pulling Chickweed up and throwing it away because an old farmer once told me it was a weed that kept getting in her flower garden and it will overrun everything. Chickweed is used for stomachand bowel problems, lung diseases, wounds and skinulcers, joint pain, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. The ancient Greeks even wrote about using chickweed, and it was also commonly consumed in ancient Ireland. It is one of the most common weeds found in lawns but it also grows well in fields or in deciduous forests. They are also broken down by thorough cooking. Chickweed, or stellaria media, is a cooler weather wild edible. Chickweed actually has several traditional uses both internally and externally: Chickweed is a common yard weed--it’s considered a pest by some so be sure not to gather it in areas that have been sprayed with pesticide. Its flowers and leaves are, indeed, edible, though in large quantities the saponoids it contains can cause stomach upset. The cooked leaves can scarcely be distinguished from spring spinach. All of the above ground parts of chickweed are edible, so don't worry if there are some flowers mixed in there. Sounds like great place to live for foraging! It’s pleasant and mild. For those who worry about the safety of chickweed, it is completely safe to consume in moderation.While it is not the most popular leafy addition to a salad, this plant has a ple… How beneficial is chickweed nutritionally? I contacted a few of those sources looking for more info but I haven’t located any credible evidence or study. There are three variations of chickweeds you could possibly find on your lawn. It is in leaf all year, in … Eat the … Of all the Chickweeds, Star Chickweed is probably the most attractive due to its star-shaped white flowers. The flowers somewhat resemble carnation flowers--chickweed is actually a member of the carnation family, Caryophyllaceae. It is one of the ingredients of the symbolic dish consumed in the Japanese spring-time festival, Nanakusa-no-sekku. Chickweed doesn’t do well refrigerated which probably explains the fact that it never made it as a commercial crop, even though it was a popular edible garden plant in the 1800s. The plants live for about six weeks and quickly germinate. Stellaria media is edible and nutritious, and is used as a leaf vegetable, often raw in salads. Each capsule contains many small seeds that are globoid, somewhat flattened, and minutely warty. And of course it’s a great base for salad. The plant is edible and is also a food source for poultry. Its tender leaves can be readily used as a salad green or boiled as a potherb. Fruit displays from May to July. Unlike many wild edibles, the chickweed’s stems, leaves, flowers and seeds are all edible. By giving chickweed a “haircut” in … The stringy but succulent stems of chickweed can grow up to a foot and a half or so and produce tiny white flowers throughout the growing season. It can be used as a famine food, especially during late winter months when it actively grows. Common chickweed (Stellaria media) is “common” throughout significant portions of the world. In North America, chickweed is often considered as a common lawn weed. I had no idea it provided such nutritional value, especially fiber! Chickweed is very high in vitamins and minerals. Over time, it also became naturalized in North America and can be found in recipes and cultural specialties around the world. This post compares Common chickweed with Star chickweed (Stellaria pubera).). Chickweed flowers are 1/8 to 1/4 inch in diameter and consist of five double-lobed white petals supported by a whorl of five green sepals. The sooner you tackle your chickweed problem the better. Edible uses: The tender leaves and stems can be eaten raw or cooked. While chickweed is edible and is sometimes used to feed livestock (like chickens), it can be quite a nuisance when you’re trying to maintain a beautiful lawn. The leaves contain saponins so some caution is advised. Be sure you know what you are looking for; chickweed can be mistaken for non-edible plants such as Persian speedwell, Veronica persica, and scarlet pimpernel … NC State University and N.C. A&T State University work in tandem, along with federal, state and local governments, to The flowers open in the morning and remain open for about 12 hours. I'm happy to have found this site. Star chickweed is endangered in the state of New Jersey. They open into loose branching clusters with age on 1/2 inch hairy stalks. Every aboveground part of the chickweed—stem, leaf, bud, and flower—is edible, but you will want to be somewhat selective in harvesting because only the top inch or two of the stem is ideal for eating. Chickweed also makes an excellent potherb. Stellaria media is edible and nutritious, and is used as a leaf vegetable, often raw in salads. In Asia, for example, chickweed is a valuable and important edible. If you live in a temperate climate you can easily grow chickweed in your own yard. I had no idea. As seen printed in Mystic Pop Magazine. The opposite leaves are ovate, lanceolate, oblanceolate, elliptic, or broadly oblong. By giving chickweed a “haircut” in … Both fertile and infertile shoots are produced; the latter develop later in the year and don't produce flowers. Chickweed Is A Star c. 2007, Susun Weed. Compare to the star chickweed on the right, with a much more hairy stem. It’s best eaten fresh so plan to use it within a day or so of cutting. The inner stem of chickweed is elastic, so if you gently pull the stem apart, the outer sheath will separate while the inner part will stretch. As a child, we harvested chickweed for our canaries and parakeets! Chickweed (Stellaria media) Wild Edible Food. As a herb, Chickweed is probably best known as an old wives herbal remedy for weight loss. Chickweed – stellaria media is a delightful plant and my favourite edible weed, growing lushly in the colder months. It sprouts up while temperatures are still quite cold and snow is still on the ground in patches. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It is in leaf all year, in flower all year, and the seeds ripen all year. Basically, this is a chickweed you can't miss. What a wonderful plant. I dry the leaves and smoke it in a pipe or add it to salads. The flowers are pollinated by Bees, Insects. It is an annual preferring cooler, rich, moist conditions and doesn’t survive dry summers. We use wood chip mulch and it seems to love it. Chickweed flowers and leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. Edibility and culinary use Even though Americans see chickweed as a garden weed, other cultures don’t see it that way. Unlike many wild edibles, the chickweed’s stems, leaves, flowers and seeds are all edible. It is one of the most common weeds, growing all over the world in gardens, cultivated land and waste places. Chickweed Is A Star c. 2007, Susun Weed. In this pic, they are the little red/dark brown dots speckling the petals. Classifying Other Chickweeds Identify star chickweed. WOW are we covered up with Chickweed in our garden. It’s best eaten fresh so plan to use it within a day or so of cutting. The leaf bases are sessile or nearly sessile, while their tips are either acute or blunt; lower leaves are more likely to have short petioles and blunt tips than upper leaves. In Japan, it is traditionally eaten in the spring with rice and other wild plants. This year however, I didn't and my new puppy keeps eatting it. Snowdrops and crocus flowers herald the spring. It is also eaten by chickens and wild birds. I do recommend reading the whole thing though :) It looks as though chickweed is quite the nutritional powerhouse! It does hold nitrates and people with allergies to daisies might want to pass it by. It should also be somewhat acidic. Chickweed is used for stomachand bowel problems, lung diseases, wounds and skinulcers, joint pain, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Snowdrops and crocus flowers herald the spring. All of the above ground parts of chickweed are edible, so don't worry if there are some flowers mixed in there. In North America, chickweed is often considered as a common lawn weed. I'm going to read through it and update the article. It can be added to soups or stews but in the last five minutes to prevent overcooking. Chickweed is indeed a nutritious herb and contains potent properties that aid in treating various health conditions. Read our Commitment to Diversity | Read our Privacy Statement. Common Chickweed Uses. For larger, leggy plants, you may want to use only the leaves. But, despite its reputation, chickweed is actually a nutritious wild edible. I love to tell folks that we live in a wild salad bowl here. Eat the stems, leaves, flowers, and seed pods. The leaves contain saponins, which, although toxic, are very poorly absorbed by the body and tend to pass through without causing harm. We do know that chickweed was used traditionally as a restorative tonic for patients recuperating from serious illness. Chickweed is an easily found plant, often growing in yards from late Fall to Spring in the South and year round in the North. This edible weed is a broadleaf weed that has small white flowers and elongated petals. The plant flowers in the spring and the summer. Star Chickweed prefers dappled sunlight to light shade during the spring, followed by light to medium shade. This post compares Common chickweed with Star chickweed (Stellaria pubera).). The difference between mouse-ear and common chickweed is pretty obvious: the mouse-eared variety is covered with fine hairs on its stems and leaves. A recent study in m… A very common garden weed, chickweed grows, flowers and sets seed all year round. The leaves fold up at night time, enfolding and protecting the tender buds of new shoots. The species name, pubera ("hairy"), comes from the lines of hairs that line the stem. In foods, chickweed is eaten in salads or served as cooked greens. Featuring white, star-shaped flowers, chickweed also sports pairs of green leaves and straggling stems. Instead of your usual pesto recipe, try using chickweed. And if you look in between them, with luck, you'll see a bright green creeping plant low to the ground with little white starry flowers: chickweed, a good friend of mine. If fresh chickweed is not available, you can use dried chickweed or take in chickweed supplements for improved health. References Leaves and seeds can be eaten raw. Conservation. Half inch flowers with five petals, each divided into two linear segments. Each flower is replaced by an ovoid capsule that is open at its apex; it has 6 curved teeth around its upper rim. Both fertile and infertile shoots are produced; the latter develop later in the year and don't produce flowers. Similar to Common Chickweed but unlike Mouse-Ear, it's 5 petals are cleft so deeply that they appear as 10 until you pluck a flower and turn it over, sepal side up. I'll be using some of this in a recipe for herb-filled Armenian flatbread. It has large, egg shaped leaves with pointy tips. Given chickweed’s purported nutritive value, it’s actually strange to me to call it a “substitute” for anything. The ancient Greeks even wrote about using chickweed, and it was also commonly consumed in ancient Ireland. As many wild edibles, it is considered a weed to those who care […] Chickweed is high in beta-carotene, magnesium, calcium, selenium, and other nutrients. 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