GREENS, Huauzontle (Red Aztec Spinach)

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Chenopodium berlandieri 

Germination 75(Packed for 2023)

This species grows widely across North America, from Canada south to Michoacán, Mexico, and it is widely foraged as a popular vegetable (lamb's quarters), along with other closely related species, but this red variety is special. It has a long history of use in Mexico, both for its leaves and its seeds (which are like a smaller version of quinoa). The seeds have somewhat thinner coats than other types. Of course, the red leaves are also eaten, and they're excellent raw or cooked like spinach.