- A Description of Spinach
History: The common spinach with which we are most familiar in North America - Spinacea oleraccea - originated in western Asia and was documented by early Arab physicians as a medicinal plant. The first record of it being used as a vegetable was in 1351 and by 1538, it was in common cultivation in Europe, prepared exactly the same way as we currently do. Because spinach is a cold-weather crop and bolts quickly in the heat, other plants were grown throughout the summer or in hot climates that tasted like, and could be prepared in a similar fashion to, spinach. These include New Zealand spinach (introduced to North America in 1772) and Galilee spinach. Cultivation: Spinacea is a cool-weather crop and should be planted as soon as the soil can be worked. Pre-soak seed for a few hours before planting. Sow seed 1/4-1/2" deep. Sow a second crop in late summer. Thin to 8" apart; water regularly. Heat-loving varieties should be planted when temperatures and the soil have warmed up. Companions: peas, beans, eggplants, onions, cabbage, strawberries.
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- Galilee Spinach
Aka "Sbanach" (45 days) This is a popular Middle Eastern heirloom vegetable. It is very heat-tolerant and can be harvested all summer long. Tasty, triangular leaves grow on attractive curly stems and are wonderful eaten fresh in salads or cooked like spinach.
- Long Standing Bloomsdale Spinach
SORRY, SOLD OUT. (39-48 days) 1925. Very heat tolerant and slow to bolt, with dark green crinkled leaves. Its rich flavour makes it perfect in salads or cooked. One of the best early spinaches.
- Pkt - 300 seeds: 3.00
- Trade Pack - 900 seeds: 6.00
- 2000 seeds: 7.50
- New Zealand Spinach
SORRY, SOLD OUT. (Tetragonia tetragonoides) (50-70 days) "Discovered" by Sir Joseph Banks in New Zealand during the 1770 voyage of Captain Cook. A native of New Zealand, Australia and parts of Asia that was introduced to Europe by Captain Cook, this "spinach alternative" is well worth growing. Growing to 2', it produces tender, flavourful tips and young leaves throughout the summer if regularly clipped. Unlike regular spinach, which "bolts" and goes bitter in hot weather, this is one of those varieties that loves hot weather and will continue to give you delicious greens all season long that are highly nutritious - it is valued for its high Vitamin A, B1 and B2 content.
- Pkt - 100 seeds: 3.00
- Strawberry Spinach
Rare; Sustainably Grown
SORRY, SOLD OUT. Chenopodium capitatum (30 - 50 days) This centuries-old spinach is very popular in Europe - and it's easy to understand why! Compact (18") plants are grown for their nutritious leaves, but wait - there's more! It produces lots of strawberry (some say raspberry)-shaped red fruit that is juicy and low-acid on tall stems - a great addition to salads, or just pop them in your mouth.
- Pkt - 200 seeds: 3.00
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