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Plant Information

Scientific Name: Chenopodium capitatum
Alternative Names: Beetberry, Strawberry Blite, Strawberry Goosefoot, Strawberry Stick, and Indian Ink

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  • Annual
  • Strawberry Spinach is native of North America where it has grown in the wild for centuries and also popular in Europe dating back to the 1600s.
  • It has gently toothed, spade-shaped leaves and bears dense clusters of small, mildly sweet-tart berry-like red fruits (similar to that of a mulberry) on long spindly stems.
  • The tender leaves are slightly thinner than traditional spinach varieties, with a similar taste and slightly earthy finish.
  • The parsnip-like tap root is sweet and crisp, marbled with streaks of beet red and white.
  • Strawberry Spinach is entirely edible from roots to seeds and available from spring through summer.
  • Cold hardy and easy to grow, Strawberry spinach thrives in full sun and moist soils. It can grow year-round in areas with mild winters, but it can become invasive when left to self-sow season after season.

Culinary Uses

  • Young under ripe berries have a mild flavor.
  • In order to be added to salads and savory they must fully ripen to a deep crimson for a juicy sweet, watermelon-berry flavor.
  • Then it is good for snacking and to be made into deserts.
  • Similar to spinach, the leaves are high in oxalates.
  • Leaves should be harvested before the plant bolts and goes to flower, as they then lose their sugar content and develop a bitter flavor.
  • Add raw young leaves to salads.
  • Larger leaves are best cooked and may be sautéed, steamed or added to soups.

Parts Used

  • The leaves, berries and root.

Other Uses

  • Native Americans used the red fruits of Strawberry spinach to dye skin, clothes and basket weaving fibres.
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