Red Orach aka Orache, mountain spinach, and arrach (Atriplex hortensis var. rubra) is a hardy, edible annual leafy green vegetable that is botanically related to spinach and tastes like it too. Where the two differ is that spinach will bolt and become inedible as soon as the temperatures shift from cool to warm, while orach will last and last. I eat the young leaves fresh in salads and the mature leaves and stems steamed. It's also great in soups and stews or mixed in with smoothies.
This beautiful, dark-leaved plant matures to about 4-6 feet tall if you allow it to go to seed. Once fully mature the leaves can be a bit too fibrous to eat; however, the gorgeous late season plant will provide a second function as a colourful ornamental. Allow it to set seed and you'll have a fresh new crop come spring, no effort required.
Special Notes: Full Sun. Early producer. Ornamental. Nutritious, leafy vegetable. Please note: Seeds come with papery bracts intact; however, seeds will grow just the same as if they were removed. Grown and harvested in the 2018 gardening season. Approximately 100 seeds per packet.
Seed Starting and Growing: Scatter seed directly into the garden in the fall or in the very early spring. You'll get the most delicious flavour from this plant if you grow it in well-draining, moist and fertile soil. However, it will tolerate heat and drought. Orach takes on its best size and colour in full sun, but I grow a few extra plants in partial shade where the soil does not dry out quickly and the smaller plants will hang on a little longer before going to seed.
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All of the seeds that I sell were lovingly homegrown and harvested by me, small scale, in my urban garden using organic methods only -- no chemicals or pesticides whatsoever. Tomato varieties are isolated to stay true using the flower bagging method and I test for germination quality. I take special care in choosing varieties that I find unusual, interesting and fabulous, and/or especially suitable for growing in small space gardens.