English Name: Fat-hen / White Goosefoot / Goosefoot
Common Indian Name (Hindi): Bathua
- Bathua, the Chenopodium album is a fast-growing weedy annual plant in the genus Chenopodium. Fat Hen, White Goosefoot, Lamb's-quarters, Pigweed or dungweed are the common names of Bathua.
- The leaves and young shoots are eaten as leaf vegetables. These are cooked with potato, chicken, or meat to make a saag dish. When mixed with yogurt, sauce (raita) is made which is a favorite dish in
- Bathua is available only in winter season. However, it should be eaten in moderation due to high levels of oxalic acid.
- Each plant produces tens of thousands of black seeds. As the English common name suggests, it is also a very good feed (both the leaves and the seeds) for chickens (hens) and other poultry.
- Bathua has medicinal uses in some skin conditions. Its oil is used to treat hookworms.
- It is said to be high in vitamin A, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, trace minerals, iron and fiber.