Spinach : Red Aztec
“Huauzontle” has a long history of use in Mexico, and in terms of edible greens, it is very similar to lambsquarters. However, this subspecies of quinoa also produces copious amounts of seeds (much less bitter than quinoa), which were often ground for pancakes or tortillas. Plant 6-8” apart and it will grow to 4-6’ tall. Grow in good and moist garden soil if you want to eat the nutritious young leaves at their best (preferably cooked). The leaves start green with some red, and when mature they will be a stunning flaming red. Pretty enough to grow as an ornamental. If only interested in seeds, it can be dry-farmed, even in poor soil, and if you want seeds on a shorter plant, top it and the lower side branches will switch from leaf to seed production. The ripe seeds are easily removed by hand.
Starts will be 2 inches or taller and just starting to get their true leaves.
Seed Source: Wild Boar Farms, Baker Creek Seeds and Urban Farmer Seeds
Credit: Wild Boar Farms, World Tomato Society, and Reimer seeds, and Baker Creek Seed, Vertiloom, organicseeds.top, tradewindsfruit