Spinach, Red Aztec (Chenopodium berlandieri) packet of 100 seeds, organic
Family: Lamb’s Quarters (Chenopodiaceae)
Annual, 40 days to harvest
(Huazontle) Native to Mexico, this was one of the earliest domesticated crops, predating maize. The seeds are bountiful, edible and delicious. The red-tinted leaves are a good potherb. Flowering to 5 feet, we suggest keeping the plants cut back (into the salad bowl) or allow to mature and collect the seed to make into gruel or grind for bread. There is also a Mexican practice of deep-frying the flower buds. Plant prefers full sun to part shade and regular garden soils. Sow in spring. Sow in a shallow finger furrow, barely cover seed and keep evenly moist until germination, which occurs in 1 to 2 weeks.
100 Seeds/pkt, Certified Organically Grown