Eat Your Weeds: Chickweed

Botanical name: Stellaria media Parts used: stems, flowers, leaves and seeds.

Description: creeping annual ground cover herb, with tiny white flowers and oval shaped leaves; stems can reach up to 60 cm in length.

Nutrients: vitamins C and A; minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc; protein.

You may have nibbled on this tender and highly nutritious ‘supergreen’ while out in the garden, or used it to replace spinach or parsley in a recipe. You may have fed it to your chicken, duck or turkey friends.