While your neighbors are trying to figure out ways to get rid of this “pesky” weed, you can gather some up from your lawn and make a nutritious pesto. Chickweed, stellaria media is a common weed that grows here in Fl between late January and Mid March. She does not stay around long but for the time she is here, you can give your immune system a boost if you choose to eat her tender leaves and stems several times a week.
According to Susun Weed and other Folk Herbalist Chickweed packs a nutritious punch with her substantial amounts of aluminum, copper, iron, potassium and protein. She is high in calcium, potassium, silicon and more. She is one the great lymphatic and glandular supporters which makes her a great companion for spring cleaning. She is very cooling to our systems and soothes a cranky digestive tract. These are just a few of her amazing benefits and she if found in most people’s yard in early Spring.
Chickweed grows in abundance here is Minneola and my yard is full so we enjoy her tender leaves in salads, on sandwiches, juiced, in smoothies and my favorite in a pesto. Here is my video on how to make chickweed pesto and the recipe. Enjoy!!
- several handfuls of chickweed
- 3 tbsp of parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp of raw nuts or seeds
- fresh lemon juice for one lemon
- sea salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- olive oil (enough to make moist) 1/4 cup is a good start
Watch the video to learn how to make this amazing dish. Serve with fresh veggies, crackers, fruit. You can make a pizza or add to steamed veggies as a topping. The ideas are endless.