50 New Zealand Spinach seeds, Tetragonia tetragonioides
(52 days) A tasty green from down under that can be eaten raw or cooked. Captain Cook discovered it on the shores of Queen Charlotte’s Sound in New Zealand back in 1770. Doesn’t look like a true spinach or taste like one either. But some find it a wonderful garden substitute because it withstands hot summers when real spinach bolts and dies. Chefs have found that it is a very good green for baking, especially in (spinach) lasagna, having thicker stems and leaves than normal spinach.
Soak the nut-like seeds before sowing to speed and improve germination. Be patient and don’t give up too soon. Only a few plants are needed to fill in your patch because it spreads like mint. Water frequently and pick often to keep the leaves tender and succulent and to avoid yellowing. Will withstand frost to the low 20s.