- Culinary Herbs & Spices
- Huauzontle, Red Aztec Spinach, Chenopodium berlandieri, USDA Organic, 1/2 g
Huauzontle, Red Aztec Spinach, Chenopodium berlandieri, USDA Organic, 1/2 g
C. berlandieri, also known by the common names pit-seed goosefoot, huauzontle, and lamb's quarters, is an annual herbaceous plant in the goosefoot family. This species was one of several plants grown by Native Americans in prehistoric North America.
The young seedlings begin bright red, then look like lambs quarter with reddish undersides and a crisp leaf. Gives any salad mix a wild look and taste. Leaves and seed heads become bright red with maturity. The seeds can be eaten like quinoa.
The species is widespread in North America, where it is native to Alaska and northern Canada south to Michoacán, Mexico, and including every U.S. state except Hawaii. The fast-growing, upright plant can reach heights of ten feet!
C. berlandieri was a domesticated pseudocereal crop, similar to quinoa. It continues to be cultivated in Mexico as a cereal, as a leaf vegetable, and for its broccoli-like flowering shoots. USDA Certified Organic seeds. Over 500 seeds per pack.