Hastate Orach (Atriplex hastata)

Annual
A. deltoidea.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Hastate Orach
Atriplex hastata
Chenopodiaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Leaves – cooked[5, 74, 177]. Used as a spinach substitute, they have a fairly bland flavour and are often mixed with stronger tasting leaves[9, 183].

    Seed – cooked[9, 177]. Ground into a powder and used to thicken soups etc or added to wheat flour and used in making bread. Very fiddly to harvest because the seed is quite small.

  • Cautionary Notes

    No member of this genus contains any toxins, all have more or less edible leaves. However, if grown with artificial fertilizers, they may concentrate harmful amounts of nitrates in their leaves.

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow April/May in situ[134]. Germination is usually rapid.
Requires a position in full sun in any well-drained but not too fertile soil.[200] Tolerates saline and very alkaline soils[200]. A polymorphic species[17]. This species is a poor companion for potatoes, inhibiting their growth when growing close to them[18].
Most of Europe, including Britain, south from Scandanavia to N. Africa, east to Asia.

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