[Market-farming] Chickweed at Market

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at inil.com
Tue Nov 28 11:01:51 EST 2006


Just to be sure we're talking about the same thing, isn't chickweed the same 
thing as Creeping Charlie? It's a member of the mint family (square stem 
cross-section) and inhabits many lawns as a difficult weed. I've always 
hated the smell when it's bruised. Are they putting it in salads? Sorry to 
press you for details but I'm a little surprised.

Bill Shoemaker, Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
University of Illinois - St Charles Horticulture Research Center
www.nres.uiuc.edu/faculty/directory/shoemaker_wh.html


> >I'm curious now Allan. What does the chef do with the chickweed. And good
>>luck building that market.
>
> Bill - It's recently become popular in cool season pestos and has for
> some time been an ingredient for both regular salads and baby greens
> salads. That's all I know so far. People in cities thinkig tastes
> GOOD! Aside from this, it has a nutriceutical component and is valued
> as a salve and as an ingredient in salves and in green drinks. -Allan
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