Orach

(Atriplex hortensis) Orach is native to Asia and Europe and widely naturalized elsewhere. This flavorful little green is a hardy annual. Its cultivation needs are similar to those of spinach, yet orach is much more tolerant of summer heat. Orach’s flavor is also reminiscent of spinach, although perhaps saltier, and the leaves are a perfect balance for the acidic taste of sorrel. Plants also thrive when grown in containers. Orach needs moist, fertile soil to thrive. Direct sow about 2 weeks before last frost date. Provide full sun to part shade. Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep. Ideal germination temperature is 50-65F. Seeds will germinate in 7-14 days. Space plants 6-10 inches apart. Successive sowings can be done throughout spring to extend the harvest.

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