Garden Orache

Atriplex hortensis

  • leaves are edible raw.

  • leaves are suitable as a potherb.

  • leaves can be boiled or steamed and treated similar to spinach.

  • leaves have a bland to salty taste.

  • seeds are edible.

  • seeds contain vitamin A.

  • seeds can be ground into a powder for use as a flour.

  • grows in open areas. deserts, and ground with high salt content, including the seaside.

  • warning: seeds contain saponins and should not be consumed in extreme quantities.

  • warning: plant tends to concentrate harmful nitrates in their leaves, avoid harvesting plants which grow in artificial fertilizer.

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