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Skaneesâ (w) “Lamb’s Quarter”

In the spring and early summer, the leaves of this plant were boiled and eaten like spinach. This plant is commonly found in disturbed areas like agricultural fields and middens.

Edible

Tender and Sweet: Young lambsquarter leaves are sweet and tender, similar to spinach or microgreens. lambsquarters are a delightful addition to salads or cooked dishes.

Nutrient-Rich: The leaves are highly nutritious and are used to help prevent nutrient deficiencies

Seeds as Wild Grain: Lambsquarters is closely related to quinoa. You can harvest and cook the seeds as an edible wild grain

Medical

High Oxalic Acid: However, eat lambsquarters in moderation because it’s high in oxalic acid, similar to spinach. Excessive oxalic acid can interfere with nutrient absorption and may cause kidney stones 1.

Skin Complaints and Digestive Issues: Native American tribes historically used lambsquarters for skin complaints, digestive issues, and to prevent scurvy

Tools

Avoid Fertilized Areas: Harvest lambsquarters from areas where fertilizer hasn’t been used, as it takes up nitrates from the soil.

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Midden piles are trash pits that were used by Pequots long before the arrival of Europeans. These refuse pits are valuable archaeology sites to learn about the past.
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Milkweed (meeqanskanuhtuq) and dogbane (ahshapuhtuq) are common cordage plants for Southern New England Algonquin (S.N.E.A.) people. Milkweed, being silkier, would be used for more finely twined bags and woven belts, where dogbane would be used for more utilitarian purposes.