Chenopodiaceae Atriplex hortensis L.
Source: Magness et al. 1971
Orach is grown as a substitute for spinach in Europe and in the Northern Plains in the U.S. The plant is drought resistant, and slower to form a seed stalk than spinach. Leaves are cordate or triangular oblong, 4 to 5 inches long, 2 to 3 inches wide. A rosette of leaves first develops, followed by the seed stalk, which may reach a height up to 8 feet. Leaves are used as pot herbs. In culture, exposure of edible parts and use, orach is comparable to spinach.
Production in U.S.: No data. Mostly in home gardens.
Use: As pot herb, like spinach.
Part of plant consumed: Leaves and, young stems.