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Spinach, New Zealand

Aizoaceae Tetragonia tetragonioides (Pall.) O. Kuntze

Source: Magness et al. 1971

New Zealand spinach is used in the same manner as spinach, but the plant is very different. It reaches a height of 1 to 2 feet, and is much branched, spreading to 3 to 4 feet across. In home gardens, tender shoots, tips, and leaves are cut and used throughout the summer. Commercially, whole plants are usually cut above the ground when small. New growth from the cut stem base will produce a later crop. The plant is adapted to warmer growing conditions than spinach, and will produce summer greens where spinach will not. Leaves are generally similar in appearance to spinach.

Season, seeding to first harvest: 2 months.

Production in the U.S.: No data. Minor as compared to spinach, Mainly in home gardens.

Use: As pot herb or greens.

Part consumed: Young leaves and stem tips.

Last update June 28, 1996 bha