A herbaceous plant with mealy edible leaves, often considered to be a weed.
- Chenopodium alba, family Chenopodiaceae.
- But the beauty of most edible plants - nettles, dandelions, alexanders, fat hen, sorrel - is that they are so prolific they are considered a nuisance.
- Plants we now consider to be weeds, such as nettles, dock, fat hen and meadowsweet, regularly appeared on the Iron Age menu.
- They also collected seagull eggs, fresh water lobster, whitebait, pipi, mussels, fat hen and watercress.
Late 18th century: said to be so named because the seeds were eaten by poultry.
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