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Orache

Atriplex hortensis

Garden Orache, Red Orach, Mountain Spinach, French Spinach, Arrach, Giant Lambsquarters (Eng.)

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Perhaps the most unusual aspect is its ability to store salt in the leaves, which makes it possible for orache to grow in highly saline environments. The leaves are used cooked or fresh in salads. The leaves appear in red, white and green varieties. It is commonly grown as a warm-weather alternative to spinach. Uses: Medicinal. Dye. Edible. Ornamental

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Allow seed heads to dry on plants; remove and collect. Harvest leaves for salads in late spring and early summer.

Propagation

Seed
Keep seeds moist until germination. Self seeds so remove flower heads to prevent this, if required. Sow in spring, spacing between 30-60 cm, surface sprinkling, germination time from 7-14 days.

Geography

Origin
Asia and Europe
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
Taste varies from tangy, similar to chard, to more palatable, used in a similarly way as spinach or other green, leafy vegetables. Slightly salty taste and are often used with sorrel to balance.
Notes
Medicinal. Dye. Edible. Ornamental

Personality

Family
Amaranthaceae
Flower colour
Purplish Red, Yellow-Green, Inconspicuous
Scent
None

Problems

Prevent disease with crop rotation and sanitation. Aphids might be a problem, use a strong stream of water to remove aphids from plants. Wash off with water occasionally as needed early in the day.

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