Wild Edible Chickweed

Chickweed: Stellaria media

Chickweed is a delicious wild edible green.  Sailors used to store in on ships to supplement their diets to prevent scurvy because it’s rich in vitamin C.  The leaves and stems are the edible bits.  They can be added raw to salads but are also delicious when added to stir fries and pasta dishes.  Chickweed loves backyards.  Find it along fence rows, rocks and concrete walls.  It grows low to the ground in dense mats.  The stems can sometimes have a reddish hue and it grows one thin line of ‘hair’ down each stem.  Chickweed sap is clear.