Sunday, 14 January 2007

Strawberry Spinach

This curious plant I've used in the Shadehouse Edge Bed is a favourite of my chooks.
The green leaves are edible with a 'nutty' flavour while the strawberry-like fruit grows on leafy stems above the rosette of leaves.

This unusual plant has been cultivated since about 1600 its fruit is like a strawberry in appearance and taste though not as succulent as the real thing.

Strawberry Spinach - Chenopodium capitatum
It is an annual and although can be planted anytime
but I find it won't germinate in the depths of our cold winters as
the optimal soil temperature for germination is 21C.

Growth is to 45cm.

See this link for more information from the Plants For A Future database of useful plants.


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