Different types of spinach
A good bunch of harvested Spinach. There are several types of Spinach available to suit
all palates. Just ordinary green leaf spinach or you can brighten up
kitchen with multi coloured Swiss Chard leaves.
Spinach is great but
slightly earthy taste when straight from the garden -
but is also acceptable for out of season 'greens' when
There are a number of
different spinach varieties to be explained - other than the normal
summer and winter green types. They have individual
tastes if harvested and cooked fresh, but tend to merge
in taste if frozen.
includes the normal summer crop. The seeds are normally
rounded in shape. Winter Spinach, tend to have 'prickly'
seeds. The end result is the same, but at different time
of the year.
A problem with the
winter types and varieties, is that they generally have
smaller leaves, and quickly run to seed - especially in
Leaf Beet spinach, is basically a type
of beetroot - as its name suggests - but with the same
taste of traditional spinach. The leaf beet spinach also
includes the brightly coloured Swiss Chards - the stems
and leaves of which can be eaten. Swiss Chard and other
Leaf Beets are sown in the spring for summer cropping
and freezing. so easy!
Another different type of spinach which should
be explained and not
overlooked, is the New Zealand Spinach. It is good for dry
situations and grown as a summer crop - trailing over the ground,
unlike the other upright spinach varieties.
Quick Check Sowing
- Sow under cover in modules from March or in the open from
end of April. (A later sowing in August is also good).
Harvest throughout the year – helped by the later August
Sowing through to cropping will be 8 – 10 weeks.
By David Hughes -