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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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pigweed a name commonly applied to various plants, normally for the obvious reason that pigs eat them even if human beings do not.

In Australia the name has been used for wild purslane. In N. America it has applied to various species of goose-foot, but especially Chenopodium album (see fat hen). Elsewhere in the Americas it is one of the names used for epazote.