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Red Aztec Spinach (Huauzontle) (300 seeds) (OG130) $2.50

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Red Aztec Spinach (Huauzontle)

         
 
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(Chenopodium berlandiera) A relative of Lamb's Quarters and Quinoa, it initially has pink-hued seeds and foliage with stunning green and hot pink striped branches and stems. It is extremely drought resistant and can be dry farmed!. Used for its edible green leaves, seed heads, and stems when young. It is used for grain and seed when mature. This ancient crop was originally used to make tortillas before corn! When allowed to fully grow, it can reach 4-6 ft tall with seed heads at the end of each branch. This gorgeous ornamental also lacks the bitter saponins that quinoa contains and gets mostly ignored by local wildlife. Easy to grow, prolific seed production, delicious seeds and leaves, and uniquely beautiful. Grown by Matt Powers in Central Valley California. Over 300 seeds per pack.
 
Red Aztec Spinach (Huauzontle)
Overall Rating:
         
5.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 4
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 4.0

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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6 out of 9 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
TexasGardeningCook
Location:
Allen, TX, United States
Date:
February 24, 2018
          5.0
 
Dramatic landscaping
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Easy & lovely

What are the cons? Thought leaves bitter

Review:

I grew several of these plants in a large barrel planter off my driveway. They had full, blistering sun in the summer. I started inside and transplanted outside to the planter in early Spring. They grew well, and looked very pretty with the pinkish hue to the seed heads as they developed. I personally found the small leaves a bit bitter, so I didn't use as a food source. This was fine, as I grew primarily to have something that would would provide a nice landscaping effect to that part of the yard. The younger plants with the green leaves, reddish stalks, and pink seed heads were very attractive. Once the leaves and seed heads started turning red, the look was very dramatic. When fully red, it was amazing. Lots of people commented about how lovely they looked and asked about what they were. Later, when the plants started to die back, I cut several seed heads off and made a nice dried arrangement for inside the house.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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11 out of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
etapreston
Location:
Woodbury, NJ, United States
Date:
January 27, 2018
          5.0
 
Good in hot dry conditions
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5
 

What are the pros? Can take hot, dry conditions

What are the cons? Small leaves

Review:

As the weather has grown increasingly hotter on the east coast over the past few years, I decided to start planting a variety of plants that thrive in hot, dry places. Last year I grew the Red Aztec Spinach and while the 'normal' spinach was stunted and burned to a crisp, the Aztec spinach thrived. Use it in cooking just like spinach. Planting it again this year.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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12 out of 13 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
UrbanHomeSteader
Location:
Oakland, CA, United States
Date:
December 16, 2017
          5.0
 
Delicious
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Vigorous, Fast Growing

What are the cons? N/A

Review:

This is a wonderful addition to any garden. I have a patch that if up to 6ft tall and towers above me. The edible parts change with the maturity of the plant. We harvest leaves all season long for soups, salads, and saut?. My family’s favorite is to serve the young stems and leaves as fritters. Makes great big ornamental seed heads. I need to try and harvest this as a grain.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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24 out of 26 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
TLA
Location:
Wheatland, MO, United States
Date:
August 7, 2017
          5.0
 
Beautiful and practical
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Large, colorful, edible

What are the cons? Very tiny seedlings

Review:

I have Huazontle "bushes" standing 5-6' tall and strong in poor, tight, rocky soil, subjected this season to heavy winds and spring rains, then baking heat (typical Missouri conditions). The plants are thick with leaves that look like lamb's quarters but with strong hints of red. The leaves taste like lamb's quarters, too, though subtly different (and good). They ripened in great swaths of seeds, with many leaves turning flame red. I recommend this as a decorative substitute for spinach, great for giving partial shade to peppers and other plants that need protection in a Missouri July. This is my first year growing Huazontle. I started transplants in March and sowed directly in May. The transplants did better, but they start very tiny. Direct sowing is a gamble with the winds and rains as they are.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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