Lamb’s quarters – Chenopodium album Facts

Lamb’s quarter is an upright, branched, summer annual plant which is found growing almost anywhere  especially roadsides, stream banks, gardens, lawns, and waste places. It is a nutrients dense vegetable which is used medicinally.

Name Lamb’s quarters
Scientific Name Chenopodium album
Native Originally from Europe and Asia.
Common/English Name Common lambsquarters, lambsquarters goosefoot, pigweed, white goosefoot, melde, fat-hen
Name in Other Languages Hindi: bathua
Telugu: Pappukura
Tamil: Paruppukkirai
Kannada: Kaduoma
Malayalam: Vastuccira
Konkani : Chakvit
Plant Growth Habit Upright, branched, summer annual
Growing Climate Grows anywhere, especially roadsides, stream banks, gardens, lawns, and waste places.
Soil Fertile, heavy and well-drained soil
Plant Size Grows between 15 cm and 1 meter tall
Root Short and branched taproot
Stem Erect, moderately branched central stem up to 6 feet in height. Mature stems are vertically grooved with red, pink, purple, yellow or light green stripes.
Leaf Leaves are alternate, simple, green above, and mealy-white below. They can be triangular, diamond-shaped, or lanceolate. Lower leaves are borne on stalks, have coarsely toothed margins or shallow lobes, and often resemble a goose’s foot. Upper leaves do not have stalks and are narrow and linear. Leaves are 1/2 – 3 inches long and up to 1 1/4 inches wide.
Flower Tiny, petal-less, gray-green flowers occur in tightly clustered spikes at the ends of branches. Flowers are globular and are enveloped almost entirely by a cup of five green sepals 10–40 cm long
Flowering Season June to September
Plant’s Taste Earthy, mineral rich taste
Seed Round to oval, somewhat flattened, black to brown, shiny seeds are enclosed by a star-shaped, papery covering.
Major Nutrition Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 889.6 µg (741.33%)
Vitamin A, RAE 704 µg (100.57%)
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 66.6 mg (74.00%)
Calcium, Ca 464 mg (46.40%)
Manganese, Mn 0.945 mg (41.09%)
Copper, Cu 0.355 mg (39.44%)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.468 mg (36.00%)
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 0.313 mg (24.08%)
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 3.33 mg (22.20%)
Isoleucine 0.347 g (20.75%)
Iron, Fe 1.26 mg (15.75%)
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) 0.18 mg (15.00%)
Valine 0.31 g (14.68%)
Lysine 0.486 g (14.53%)
Leucine 0.481 g (13.01%)
Histidine 0.158 g (12.82%)
Threonine 0.223 g (12.67%)
Tryptophan 0.052 g (11.82%)
Phosphorus, P 81 mg (11.57%)
Protein 5.76 g (11.52%)
Potassium, K 518 mg (11.02%)
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1.62 mg (10.13%)
Total dietary Fiber 3.8 g (10.00%)
Health Benefits
  • Helps Support Eye Health
  • Reduces Cholesterol
  • Control Sugar level
  • Prevents Premenstrual Depression
  • Treatment of Cancer
  • Supports Skin Health and Cell Growth
  • Osteoporosis
Calories in 1cup (100gm) 58 Kcal