NAME: Giant Goosefoot
OTHER COMMON NAMES: Magenta Spreen / Purple Goosefoot / Giant Lambquarters / Tree Spinach / Mexican Tree Spinach
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Chenopodium Giganteum syn. Chenopodium Amaranticolor
COLOR: Pink – Magenta
PLANT SEEDS: Outdoors after frost / Indoors weeks before last frost
BLOOM TIME: July - September
HARVEST: Baby Leaves / Leaves when the plant reaches 8” / Seeds Aug - Oct
HARDINESS ZONE: Frost Hardy Annual
PLANT HEIGHT: 6 – 8’
PLANT SPACING: 2 – 4’
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Sun
SOIL & WATER PREFERENCES: Average
QUANTITY: 100 Seeds
OTHER: Giant Goosefoot is grown both as an ornamental & as an edible leaf vegetable. They get their various names from their triangle or goose foot shaped leaves that sport bright magenta hues. This plant is pest
free, easy to grow & care for.
Enjoy it as micro greens, baby leaves, or more mature leaves. You can use Goosefoot leaves like Spinach leaves, added raw to salads & sandwiches. They are wonderful steamed, etc because they keep their beautiful color after cooking. The plants are fast growing with “cut & come again” leaves. Goosefoot will grow well in containers so you can keep some close by.
Sow some out as an ornamental to enjoy their full-sized beauty, & then reap the rewards of the seed harvest from these plants too! You can allow them to reseed in place, collect the seeds for next year, or even eat the cooked seeds. A relative of Quinoa, the seeds can be cooked & eaten, or can also be ground & combined with other grains for baking & more. (The seeds to contain saponins, so soak them in water overnight & then rinse them well before consuming.) Spent plants can even be turned into a valuable green manure.
This beautiful & useful plant gets my vote!
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