RE Heirloom Greens New Zealand “Spinach”

RE Heirloom Greens New Zealand “Spinach”

Tetragonia tetragonioides

$3.25 + GST

First introduced in the 1700s by Captain Cook after he reached the New Zealand coastline, this easy to grow, leafy plant is not a true spinach, but when briefly cooked, its rich green, triangular leaves have a sweet, mild spinach-like flavor. It loves the heat and doesn’t mind the humidity, is virtually unaffected by pests or disease and makes a great spinach substitute to enjoy all summer. Highly nutritious and excellent sautéed, stirfried, quickly steamed, or in soups or stews.
Plant In April-June
Sunlight Full Sun
Plant seeds 1-2″ apart 1/4″depth Germinate 7-14 days
Harvest Approx. 80 days Seed count Approx. 60-65


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Latin Name: Renee's cutting lettuce


If first sowing germinates unevenly, plant more seeds as they will catch up fast. When seedlings are large enough to handle, thin out seedlings, so they are 10-12 inches apart, because this is a rampant branching plant that needs room to spread. Another crop can be sown at midsummer for extended harvesting until frost or cold winter weather.


When young plants are established and start branching, begin harvesting by pinching off the leaf tips or cut individual stems, leaving plants several inches long to branch and regrow. Water and fertilize lightly after cutting. While it can be eaten raw, we recommend always steaming or sautéing the leaves. When lightly cooked, New Zealand “spinach” tastes like a very succulent “hot weather spinach.” High in vitamin A and C and a good source of calcium, it is both delicious and seriously nutritious!

Additional information

Weight .011 kg
Dimensions 3.25 × .2 × 4.5 in


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