A relative of quinoa and spinach.
Basically, a quinoa bred for mild leafy greens.
Sprouts quickly for baby leaves for salad mix. Leaves taste like spinach, with no oxalic acid "metallic" taste.
Later, you can harvest the tops as seedheads begin to appear and cook like broccoli with a completely different flavor. (tops battered and fried in Mexico).
BOTANICAL NAME: Chenopodium nuttalliae
Sow in spring in flats on 1" centers after all danger of frost is past. Transplant when second set of leaves appear to 12" centers in garden. Be careful not to disturb roots when transplanting. (or direct-sow in garden-thinnings or young plants used in salad mix). Leaves may be harvested from the plants once they are 10" high or wait and use the young flowering tops like broccoli raab. In Meixco the young green seedheads are battered and fried.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: Annual/ W, H/Matures 10/Spacing 12"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :
Bill Bruneau, Willits CA