New Zealand Spinach
(Tetragonia tetragonoides) (50-70 days) "Discovered" by Sir Joseph Banks in New Zealand during the 1770 voyage of Captain Cook. A native of New Zealand, Australia and parts of Asia that was introduced to Europe by Captain Cook, this "spinach alternative" is well worth growing. Growing to 2', it produces tender, flavourful tips and young leaves throughout the summer if regularly clipped. Unlike regular spinach, which "bolts" and goes bitter in hot weather, this is one of those varieties that loves hot weather and will continue to give you delicious greens all season long that are highly nutritious - it is valued for its high Vitamin A, B1 and B2 content.