A cool season crop rich in vitamins and minerals. Any good, well- drained garden soil will do. Does not like acid soil (pH 6.5-7.5) and needs a lot of nitrogen. Keep well watered. Plant in spring as early as soil can be worked, Jul-Aug for fall, and late Aug-Sep for an excellent early spring crop (will survive hard freeze). Good winter vegetable under reemay, cold frames, mulch, or greenhouse. Pick largest leaves often for more production. Bolting is caused by rising temperature, longer days, or water or nutrient stress.
Leaves can be eaten raw, steamed, sauteed, pureed, or juiced. good as a salad, in soups, pastas, omlettes, souffles. Also used as a nutritious pie or pastry filling. The leaf stalks and top of the roots are used in warm salads, and taste more like beets. Sprouted seeds can be used in salads.
See also our Warm Weather "Spinach" Substitutes, Specialty Greens, and Asian Greens elsewhere in this catalog.
C,W/Matures 6-7/Harvest 4-/Yield 50-225/Spacing 6”