White goosefoot is usually considered a weed but it is cultivated in some regions and used as a leaf vegetable. It is sometimes called pigweed, which is confusing as that name is also used for Common purslane and for Amaranthus spp.
Basic information and facts
The plant is found almost worldwide. It is cultivated as a food crop in Northern India.
Annual, biennial, or perennial:
Climate and weather:
Grows in a wide range of climates.
Plant height can vary from 10 cm to 1.5 meter.
Hand picking of leafs and young stems.
Leafs and young shoots are used as a vegetable. The plants contain high levels of oxalic acid and should therefore be used in small quantities only.
Also grown as an animal feed in Asia and Africa.
In Europe and North America this plant is usually considered a weed.