Goosefoot seed

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Goosefoot Chenopodium ambrodioides


The flat hard seeds from the weedy goosefoot (Chenopodium) plant. The seeds are used to produce the artificially granular surface of shagreen leather. They are thickly scattered on the ground, then untanned pelts are placed on top and trampled. The husks of the seeds make indentations in the skin while the seed oils tan the skins.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Chenopodium (goosefoot); Gåsefod (Dan.); Ganzenvoet (Ned.);

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986
  • Encyclopedia Britannica, Comment: "goosefoot." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2004. Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. 31 Oct. 2004 .
  • Website address 1 Comment: USDA-NRCS PLANTS database at