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Chenopodium foliosum - (Moench.)Asch.
                 
Common Name Leafy goosefoot
Family Chenopodiaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards The leaves and seeds of all members of this genus are more or less edible. However, many of the species in this genus contain saponins, though usually in quantities too small to do any harm. Although toxic, saponins are poorly absorbed by the body and most pass straight through without any problem. They are also broken down to a large extent in the cooking process. Saponins are found in many foods, such as some beans. Saponins are much more toxic to some creatures, such as fish, and hunting tribes have traditionally put large quantities of them in streams, lakes etc in order to stupefy or kill the fish[K]. The plants also contain some oxalic acid, which in large quantities can lock up some of the nutrients in the food. However, even considering this, they are very nutritious vegetables in reasonable quantities. Cooking the plants will reduce their content of oxalic acid. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition[238].
Habitats Waste places and waysides[100]. Slopes, forest margins and valleys in northern Tibet[266].
Range S. Europe to N. Africa and Asia.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Chenopodium foliosum Leafy goosefoot


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Chenopodium foliosum Leafy goosefoot
   
Physical Characteristics
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Chenopodium foliosum is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from Jul to October, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
C. blitum. Hook.f.

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit;  Leaves;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - cooked and used like spinach[61, 74, 177]. The raw leaves should only be eaten in small quantities, see the notes above on toxicity. Seed - ground into a powder and cooked. It can be added to cereal flours and used in making bread. Very small and fiddly, the seed is about 1mm in diameter[266]. Soak the seed for 12 hours and then thoroughly rinse it in order to wash off any saponins before grinding it[K]. Fruit - raw. Fairly insipid, though quite attractive to look at[K]. The fruit is about 12mm in diameter[200].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Dye.

Gold/green dyes can be obtained from the whole plant[168].
Cultivation details
An easily grown plant, succeeding in most soils but disliking shade[1, 200]. It prefers a moderately fertile soil[200]. Formerly cultivated for its edible leaves[61]. This species is closely related to C. capitatum[200].
Propagation
Seed - sow spring in situ. Most of the seed usually germinates within a few days of sowing.
Other Names
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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