Botanical name: Atriplex hortensis Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
Synonyms: Atriplex rubra, Atriplex purpurea
Garden Orache is a hardy, annual plant, with an erect, branching stem, 2-6 feet depending on the variety and soil. Lleaves are variously shaped, but somewhat oblong, comparatively thin in texture, and slightly acidic to the taste; the flowers are small and obscure, greenish or reddish, corresponding in a degree with the color of the foliage of the plant; the seeds are small, black, and surrounded with a thin, pale-yellow membrane. They retain their vitality for three years. The garden orache has a salty, spinach-like taste. The leaves are used cooked or in salads. It was commonly grown in Mediterranean regions from early times until spinach became the more favored leaf vegetable. It is very popular in Kashmir as a leafy vegetable.
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