Lambsquarter, Magenta Spreen (Organic)
Chenopodium giganteum. 30 days baby, 60 days full.
An exciting relative of spinach, quinoa and wild lambsquarters. The young plants have a great mild tangy flavor. Light green leaves have a shimmering magenta color in the leaf centers. Excellent in salad when young, or lightly cooked as a pot herb, stir fry green, or any way spinach is used. Much more heat tolerant than spinach and similarly packed with nutrients. Not as weedy as wild lambsquarters but it can go feral in the garden if the seed is left to shatter. Some gardeners love this trait as it lends a self-perpetuating element to the annual garden. Aka, Giant Goosefoot.
Direct sow spring through fall. Grows to 8 feet! Will self-seed if allowed. Not the same species as wild lambsquarters (Chenopodium berlandieri), which is also a tasty edible and was once cultivated as a food crop in North America, so cross-pollination is unlikely.
Collect seeds from dry seedheads, thresh by hand or by dancing, winnow or screen to clean.