Orach (Atriplex hortensis var. rubra)


An ANNUAL growing to 1.8m, red mountain spinach has attractive purple lance-shaped leaves. Prefers well-drained moist soil in the full sun. It can grow in very alkaline and saline soils.
Leaves are eaten raw or cooked as a spinach and it has been used as a folk remedy.

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The leaves have a salty, but somewhat bland spinach-like flavour and is eanen raw or cooked like spinach. It is is often cooked with sorrel.
The leaves are said to simulate the metabolsim adn can be taken as a spring tonic. The plant has antirheumatic, diuretic, emetic and purgative properties.
A blue dye is obtained from teh seed and the plant is a potential source of biomass.

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