Deep purple to maroon leaves taste great fresh in salads or a cooking green.
Tolerant of alkaline soils, and easier to grow than spinach. Orach is also very healthy, jam-packed with vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, anthocyanins, phosphorous, iron, protein, zinc, selenium, tryptophan, vitamin C, vitamin K, carotenes and dietary fiber, orach is a nutrient-rich superfood. More drought tolerant and with a milder flavor than spinach, with a naturally salty flavor, orach can be used like spinach, either fresh or cooked.
Grows from late spring through to fall. The young leaves on orach plants begin to emerge in the spring and may be harvested right away, but the more tender leaves will come in the early- to mid-summer months. It can even handle some (moderate) frost.