|Orach-Red or Mountain Spinach (Atriplex Hortensis)|
Growing Orach Is EasyI started this year's bunch from certified organic non-GMO seeds in August. (All of our seeds this year are certified organic, non-GMO.) Orach likes moderately fertile soil, plenty of organic matter, and moderate water.
Orach Red is a hardy annual with beautiful purple-magenta-red leaves and stalk. Its zippy purple-ish is dazzling, but I really like its ability to tolerate more heat than regular spinach. When our warmer fall temps cause green spinach to bolt, Orach will keep calm and carry on!
Orach Red grows fairly rapidly--and tall. It's just a about 4 inches tall in the photo above, but it might grow to be 6 feet at maturity. Think about that if you decide to plant some in the spring.
Good To EatAs an edible, we treat it just like common green spinach, adding the tender young leaves to add to salads and sauteing the large leaves. Orach Red has a slightly nuttier taste than green spinach, which I like. But, I like spinach. Period.
JUST FOR FUN: Drop a leaf into a boiling pot of rice to change your white rice to pink.
And, It's Good For You
We care about what we eat, right? You'll be happy to learn that Orach is rich in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, vitamin C, carotene, proteins, carbohydrates and anthocyanin (a coloring substance present only in the red variety). It also facilitates digestion, purifies the blood, helps cleanse the kidneys and
the gall bladder; all this is according to something I read on The Web.