Global Greens

Move over spinach and collards, and welcome the exotic leafy greens like amaranth, calloloo, and purslane.

Orach, which is pictured on this issue's cover, is also known as 'Mountain Spinach.' Instead of being related to spinach it is a relative of lamb's quarters. Orach is a versatile plant that can be grown throughout the summer and into winter for salads and cooked greens. The flavor is not bitter and slightly similar to fennel. It is very slow to bolt and quite ornamental in the garden. In fact, it is also used in floral arrangements as a filler.
Photo by Brian Dunna