Chickweed – Identification, Edibility, Distribution

(Stellaria media)

common chickweed

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  • Identification – 4 – Look for its small, white, star-like flowers made up of 5 deeply notched petals. If in doubt, close inspection will reveal a single line of hairs running down one side of the stem only.
  • Edibility – 3 – This common “weed” is actually a delight to eat. It has a mild, fresh, “grassy” flavour with no bitterness, making it an excellent bulker in wild salads – where mild flavours are needed to balance more pungent flavours. It cooks down well – like spinach, but try to harvest only the lush, leafy tops or it can tend towards stringyness.
  • Distribution – 5 – Very common and abundant in many different habitats
  • Habiat – In grass and beds in parks and gardens; waste ground, cracks in pavement; and especially under trees in fields.

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Chickweed is also common in urban environments - be aware of pollution!

Chickweed is also common in urban environments – be aware of pollution!

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