Henbit, named such because of chickens' attraction to it, is high in iron, fiber and antioxidants. You can eat Henbit raw or cooked. Here are some great recipes!
2 cups flour
4 T sugar
1 1/2 t salt
1 T baking powder
2 cups milk
3 T oil
1 cup diced Henbit (leaves, flowers and stems if not too woody)
Butter for frying
Mix dry ingredients together. Add liquid ingredients and mix. Fold in Henbit. Fry in butter. Serve with your choice of topping such as honey, syrup or preserves.
Cannelloni Bean and Henbit Soup
2 T olive oil
4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 onion, chopped
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 can (15.5 oz) Cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup small pasta
1 1/2 cups chopped Henbit
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese (optional)
Heat olive oil in stock pot. Add garlic and onion and fry until translucent, about 10 minutes.
Add broth and bring to a boil. Add beans and pasta. Boil until pasta is tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add Henbit and cook several minutes until wilted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Top with Parmesan cheese when serving. Makes about six servings.