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Basic Collection Information and Status
Atriplex (Atriplex hortensis, Amaranthaceae)Cultural Affiliation n/a
Collection Site New Mexico, United States (latitude: 36°; altitude: 8,000 ft / 2,400 m)
Collection Year 1997
Accession Status Active
Catalog Information and Instructions
Vadito Quelites GrandesGR020
A "mountain spinach" collected along the roadside in the village of Vadito, NM at 7500'. Likely escaped from local gardens. Tasty, nutritious and easy to grow.
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|Seed Saving Instructions
|Orach, aka mountain spinach, is not a true spinach but is used in the same way. It is tolerant of poor and alkaline soils; leaves can have a naturally salty flavor.
|Plant 1/4 to 1/2" deep and 4-6" apart, thin to 12-16" apart for maximum growth. In low desert, plant in late fall through winter; plant in early spring in more moderate climates. Requires cool temperatures to germinate.
|The tiny flowers are wind pollinated; do not grow different varieties of the same species if saving seed. Allow seed to mature and dry before harvesting. Place dried seed heads in a paper or cloth sack, strip off seeds, and winnow out chaff.