Charming Chickweed

Hopefully you haven't weeded all the chickweed (Stellaria media) out of your garden in a spring cleaning frenzy because it is a wonderful spring tonic full of beneficial nutrients and useful for soothing itchy, inflamed and irritated skin. Chickweed is identified by the tiny "star flowers" that have 5 bilobed petals which look like 10 petals, and a characteristic fine line of hairs on 1 side of the stalk. Chickweed is traditionally juiced with other fruits or added to smoothies. However the older they get the more stringy and fibrous they become. Some people like to chop chickweed finely and add to parsley for tabouli, blend with other herbs to make a pesto or mince finely and add to grilled

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