90 days. An old-fashioned plant that is poised for a comeback! Native to moist mountain valleys of North America, but also popular in Europe dating back to the 1600s. Plants are fascinating; the arrow shaped leaves remind us that it is a relative of spinach and the flavor and nutritional profile are reminiscent of spinach as well. Perhaps most intriguing quality is its small bright red berries! Young under ripe berries will be mild in flavor and appropriate for salads and savory applications, allow the berries to fully ripen to a deep crimson for juicy sweet flavor. We find the ripe berries to have a watermelon-berry flavor, addictive for snacking and irresistible for deserts. Like its spinach cousin, the leaves are high in oxalates so those with sensitivities to oxalates should take note. The delicious edible berries contain small seeds that in very large quantity may haves some toxic effects, but are considered perfectly safe when consumed in relative moderation. The very easy to grow and adaptable plants grow in a similar fashion to their wild cousin, lambsquarter. The original seeds for this particular variety were found in a monastery garden in Europe. The leaves are a good source of vitamins C and A!
- 8-12 hours of Sun
- Sprouts in 7-14 Days
- Ideal Temperature: 45-75 Degrees F
- Seed Depth: 1/4"
- Plant Spacing: 12"
- Frost Hardy: Yes
- Chenopodium capitatum
Growing Tips: Direct sow several weeks before last frost of spring; succession-plant until midsummer. Harvest red berries in summer to early fall. Remove spent blooms to prevent seed formation, control spreading.