Strawberry Spinach Seeds - (Chenopodium capitatum)

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SKU:
V1132
Seed Count:
Approx 50 seeds per pack
Days to Maturity:
45 days
Type:
Warm season
Organic:
Yes
Days to Germination:
14 days @ 59-68F
Light Preference:
Full sun to partial shade
Plant Spacing:
12-18"
Status:
Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
$3.35

Description

Strawberry Spinach 

This plant has a double personality, it combines a leafy green with a berry-bearing fruit bush in one eye-catching crop. Enjoy the young leaves raw in salads and later enjoy the sweet delights of ripe red berries.

A hardy annual that is in the same family as beets and the edible weed, lamb's quarters. This explains why the roots, which are also edible, have a hint of beet flavor. Also known as beetberry.

Plants form a low rosette of spear-shaped leaves with serrated edges, before sending out long flowering stems that form "strawberry sticks". Tiny embryo fruits form at the leaf joints of the flowering stems. The fruits are pale green at first, before turning pinkish, followed by deep red. The fruits are similar looking to mulberries and are composed of many small fruitlets.

History

This plant has spread around the world from North America, reaching Europe in the 1600s through exports of wool and birdseed.

Uses

Use the leaves raw (good mesclun ingredient) or cooked like spinach and chard. The berries can top your morning granola, they can also be frozen or used to make jam.

Growing Tip

Plants grow a long tap root that makes them more heat-tolerant and drought-resistant than spinach, but for the most tender leaves and juiciest berries, it is better to keep the soil constantly moist.

Strawberry Spinach is a prolific self-seeder, it is best to remove all fruit before they fall to the ground.

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