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Chenopodium (Goosefoot) Family (Leaf)


Bloomsdale

Bloomsdale was introduced by the Landreth Seed Co. of Baltimore in 1826 and improved in 1925. It has been the standard variety of spinach for over 100 years. It has large leaves with a somewhat savoyed (blistered) texture.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 8 grams
Lorelei

Lorelei comes from Europe. It claims to have been grown in the garden of Charlemagne. Plants branch outwards with flat, fairly thick leaves. Lorelei seems to be much slower to bolt than our other spinach varieties.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams
Prickly Seeded Spinach

Prickly Seeded Spinach comes to us from the gardens of Fortress Louisberg, an 18th century garden. The seeds have two prominent spikes which make them look like buffalo skulls! Plants under a foot with flat green leaves.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams
Strawberry Spinach

Strawberry Spinach has been around for a long time in Europe and is still available commercially in England. Use the leaves raw or cooked like spinach. Small red berries are produced in the axils of the leaves. The edible fruits are extremely juicy, seedy and slightly sweet and are an attractive garnish in salads.

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Price(s): $4.00
Green Orach

The leaves and young shoots of Orach are used like spinach. It is early and self-seeding. This variety is pure green in colour.

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Price(s): $4.00
Red/Purple Orach

The leaves and young shoots of Orach are used like spinach. It is early and self-seeding. This variety has red or purple highlights.

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Price(s): $4.00
Red Flash Orach

The leaves and young shoots of Orach are used like spinach. It is early and self-seeding. This variety is a deep red/fuchsia cultivar.

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Price(s): $4.00
Leaf Amaranth

This leaf amaranth comes from India where it is a common cooked leaf crop. The plants this year grew about 3’ tall with red leaves and they have shiny black seeds. To get the best harvest of leaves you should keep pinching the plant back to encourage it to bush out.

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Price(s): $4.00
Lucullus Chard

Lucullus (C) (1890) is an old cultivar from the Netherlands with light green slightly savoyed leaves and white/pale green stalks.

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Price(s): $4.00
Rhubarb Chard

Rhubarb Chard (C) (1857) has deep crimson stalks and leaf veins and dark green, heavily crumpled leaves.

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Price(s): $4.00
Rainbow Chard

Five Colour Silverbeet (C) has been available since 1970, also under the name Rainbow Chard. Spectacular range of colours.

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Price(s): $4.00
Sorrel

Sorrel is an easy to establish hardy perennial herb with juicy stems and edible, arrow-shaped leaves. The leaves, when consumed raw, taste like a sour green apple. Can also be used cooked.

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Price(s): $4.00
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