Urban Herbs recently sent me a collection of herbs and within the parcel was an unknown plant to me called Tree Spinach.
Otherwise known as Chenopodium giganteum the plant is described as “shocking, electric and outrageous”. Growing to a width of 3ft (1m) and height of 6ft (2m), the leaves have a dash of purple at the centre of the leaves.
Urban Herbs tell me:
“This plant needs a lot of space around it. It’s perfect for planting in a raised bed or very large container. Imagine a large pot in your mind as you read this. And now go two sizes larger. There you go. That’s about right! It will enjoy being planted in sunny conditions although ours grew really well in the shade a few years back and did really well.”
Classed as a Hardy Annual the plant loves a sunny position but also does well in shade. Towards the end of the season the plant produced lots of seed heads which will drop out and produce a plant the following year.
The young leaves can be eaten raw in salad whereas the older leaves will require stir frying. Am looking forward to watch it grow and more importantly eat it.
One pot plant cost £3.49 from urban-herbs.co.uk