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Taiwanese Quinoa

Botanical Name: Chenopodium formosanum

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# of seeds per packet: 235 / Certified Organic

Description

30 days leaf, 125 days seed. This plant is a quinoa relative from Taiwan and China, which is used for its red/purple, edible greens. It is 6’ tall and is related to lamb’s quarters, magenta spreen, and quinoa. It is similar to magenta spreen, but with much larger leaves that are edible much later into the summer. Listed on the Slow Food Ark of Taste, it is used as a leafy vegetable green that tastes like spinach, and is also good as a late maturing grain with small seeds that are high in protein. Ornamental flower heads are similar to Love Lies Bleeding Amaranth and make great cut flowers. Formerly known as the species Chenopodium purpurascens, and may be considered Chenopodium giganteum by some botanists. Seeds grown by Adaptive Seeds.

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5):

Sow in flats shortly before last frost or direct seed after danger of frost.  Final spacing 12”   

Harvest:

Cut leaves and use as you would spinach.  In wetter climates, ripening seed may begin to sprout in the seed head if kept wet.  To avoid this, we recommend harvesting the plant early to hang dry under cover instead of waiting for it to begin to dry in the field.  After threshing and winnowing, remove the natural soapy coating (saponin) by washing it off before consuming.

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Quinoa is related to Lambs Quarter. If any of these plants are nearby they could cross-pollinate with Quinoa.

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Description

30 days leaf, 125 days seed. This plant is a quinoa relative from Taiwan and China, which is used for its red/purple, edible greens. It is 6’ tall and is related to lamb’s quarters, magenta spreen, and quinoa. It is similar to magenta spreen, but with much larger leaves that are edible much later into the summer. Listed on the Slow Food Ark of Taste, it is used as a leafy vegetable green that tastes like spinach, and is also good as a late maturing grain with small seeds that are high in protein. Ornamental flower heads are similar to Love Lies Bleeding Amaranth and make great cut flowers. Formerly known as the species Chenopodium purpurascens, and may be considered Chenopodium giganteum by some botanists. Seeds grown by Adaptive Seeds.

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5):

Sow in flats shortly before last frost or direct seed after danger of frost.  Final spacing 12”   

Harvest:

Cut leaves and use as you would spinach.  In wetter climates, ripening seed may begin to sprout in the seed head if kept wet.  To avoid this, we recommend harvesting the plant early to hang dry under cover instead of waiting for it to begin to dry in the field.  After threshing and winnowing, remove the natural soapy coating (saponin) by washing it off before consuming.

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Quinoa is related to Lambs Quarter. If any of these plants are nearby they could cross-pollinate with Quinoa.

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