(Best months for growing NZ Spinach in USA - Zone 5a regions)
NZ spinach has green, triangulated leaves and a spreading habit.
This is a coastal plant which natively grows on dune edges. It survives salt-spray in coastal gardens.
It can withstand hot, dry summer weather when real spinach tends to die off. Will self-sow and become widespread.
Soak seeds for one or two hours before sowing as the outer skin is hard.
Can be used as a substitute for real spinach in cooking. Pick the growing tips at about 8 - 10 cm (4 - 6 in).
To remove oxalates it's a good idea to blanch the leaves for 3 minutes or so, then rinse the leaves in cold water before using them in salads or for cooking. (ABC TV)
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