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Mountain spinach, French spinach, Sea purslane, Butter leaves

Chenopodiaceae Atriplex hortensis L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Orach is grown as a substitute for spinach in Europe and in the Northern Plains in the U.S. The plant is drought resistant, and slower to form a seed stalk than spinach. Leaves are cordate or triangular oblong, 4 to 5 inches long, 2 to 3 inches wide. A rosette of leaves first develops, followed by the seed stalk, which may reach a height up to 8 feet. Leaves are used as pot herbs. In culture, exposure of edible parts and use, orach is comparable to spinach.

Season, seeding to harvest: 40 to 60 days.

Production in U.S.: No data. Mostly in home gardens.

Use: As pot herb, like spinach.

Part of plant consumed: Leaves and, young stems.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch