Garden Orache is a Eurasian species native to Asia and Europe, and widely naturalized in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. It is a hardy, annual plant, with an erect, branching stem, varying in height from two to six feet, according to the variety and soil. The Garden Orache has a salty, spinach-like taste. The leaves are used cooked or in salads. It was commonly grown in Mediterranean regions from early times until spinach became the more favored leaf vegetable. The leaves can come in red, white and green varieties. It is commonly grown as a warm weather alternative to spinach because it is more tolerant of heat and slower to bolt in warm weather. The green leaves were once used to color pasta in Italy.
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