According to Wikipedia it's scientific name is Chenopodium capitatum, Blitum capitatum or more commonly known as Strawberry Blite, Strawberry Goosefoot, Strawberry Spinach, Indian Paint, and Indian Ink. It is native to most of North America throughout the United States and Canada. It's also found in parts of Europe and New Zealand.
I'm going to call it by the name given of Stawberry Goosefoot. If you look closely at the leaves they resemble that of a goose's webbed foot.
Flowers are small, pulpy, bright red, resembling strawberries and I found out are also edible, tasting like spinach. The juice from the flowers was also used as a red dye by natives. When we were kids we used to rub the fruit on our fingernails and pretend we just had them polished ... this stuff used to grow wild all around the farm yard. Mom always called it the finger nail polish weed ... and I knew that wasn't it's name; but that's what she called it. We never ate it ~ just played with it.
The greens, I found out are also edible raw or cooked like spinach. If eaten raw though, they are suppose to be eaten in moderation as they contain oxalates; which apparently are a calcium compound found in kidney stones ~ so I'll stick with the cooked.
I haven't tried eating it yet ... have you?? Let me know.
I've been busy in the kitchen ... jammin' again.
Over the last two days I made a batch each of Strawberry, CranApple, Blueberry, and Raspberry Jam.
Look at these cranberries ... aren't they pretty~
Look at them now ...
cooked down with fresh apple slices, sugar and pectin ...
I just LOVE the brilliant color and flavor of this jam. No other additives like food coloring were added ... the color is just from the skins of the cranberries. I wish our computers had smellavision ~ and you could dip a spoonful from the kettle ~ yum... the aroma from the cranberries and apples together is breathtaking and so delish!!
Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.