(Chenopodium album) Annual in the Goosefoot Family, native to Europe. Wild-form of quinoa. 3-6′ when flowering. What we call a “Summer Spinach” because the greens can be used in the place of Spinach in any recipe and it thrives in hot weather when Spinach bolts. We have not tried to eat the seeds, so cannot attest to their palatability. No irrigation needed. Self-sows enthusiastically.
Planting suggestions: Tolerates poor soil, but responds well to richer ground. Self-sows enthusiastically. Direct sow in the garden just after the Final Frost. Thin to 8”-12” apart. Greens are more tender before flowering. Like Spinach, leaves contain oxalic acid, so should be eaten raw sparingly. Cooking breaks down oxalic acid.
Contains 250 seeds.