We were Going to Pull that Weed
Nu Nu Thakbal was visiting our house a couple of months ago and saw us pulling out “weeds” to spruce up our garden. She carefully removed the rest of the unwanted plants and took them home. Their family transplanted and cultivated them. In English their name for this plant would be Ta Haw Al. Now they serve the cooked sprigs as a special treat for their guests when they have a meal. Here is a picture of Peng Len, Nu Nu and their youngest daughter Debra in front of their garden. The plants we would discard are growing behind them and beside them.
Kay did some research on this and believes it is Lambsquarters which records indicate its consumption in England in the 9th century. It is an annual with tiny green flowers that grows to 6 ft high. It can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It contains more iron, protein, vitamin B2 and vitamin C than either spinach or cabbage. It can outgrow most crop plants and take over any bare soil. See a story about another plant, roselle here.
Our church has the privilege of sharing, sometimes resources we of which we are not even aware, with these folks who are new to America. So many times it is just common sense advice they seek and find helpful. Other times it is just little things that we can do to be a blessing.!