New Zealand Spinach
Discovered in Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand, by British botanist Sir Joseph Banks who sailed with Captain Cook's first voyage to the South Pacific (1768-1771). Not a true spinach, but similar in flavor and usage. Strong spreading plants branch freely. Fleshy leaves are great for fresh summer greens. Thrives in hot weather, resists bolting. Best when picked all summer and fall. Seeds are slow to germinate, so be patient. Good source of vitamin C.
- ±440 seeds/oz
- Not a true spinach, but similar in flavor and usage
- Spreading plants
- Thick, fleshy leaves
- Slow to bolt and thrives in hot weather
- Best when picked all summer and fall
- Good source of vitamin C
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals and to get the best benefit from it, eat the spinach leaves raw or just slightly cooked.
You can use spinach as the leaves in a salad paired with berries, nuts, bacon, or fresh cheeses. You can also combine cooked spinach with curries or Middle Eastern spices and cream sauces.
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors when danger of frost has passed. Do not plant before air temperatures are consistently between 70-80°F. Soak seed for 24 hours before planting to speed germination. For best yields, harvest continually.
- Direct Seed: 6" Apart
- Seed Depth: 1/4"
- Germination: 14-21 Days
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
This stuff is unique. It is September 19 in Iowa and I am eating the crisp, thick leaves. It even looked good through a terrible drought that dried up the lawn and pastures. It is burning my throat slightly(like raw beets do) as i chew on it now. Tastes good raw though. I don't see any seeds, so I may have to start it indoors much earlier to be able to save seeds.