(Chenopodium album) Edible, of course, and actually cultivated as early as the Iron Age in Europe (Brouk). The introduction of spinach from south-west Asia probably put an end to organized food production with Fat Hen. Even in India, it was only eaten as a marginal food (Gammie), though American Indians such as the Hopi made good use of the leaves and seeds (Hough). In Hungary, it seems that a fairly large amount of the powdered herb mixed with food has been shown to suppress the oestrous cycle (Watt & Breyer-Brandwijk). In other words it may act as an oral contraceptive.

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