- A cool season crop with purple leaves that can be used as an alternative to spinach.
Non-GMO, Heirloom Purple Orach Vegetable Garden Seed from True Leaf Market. Atriplex hortensis. Purple Orach Seeds originated in Europe and Siberia as one of the oldest grown cool season crops" dating back around 6,000 years ago. As these burgundy-colored leafy plants reach 4-6" tall with smooth 2" leaves, Purple Orach makes a prolific ornamental addition. These annual heirloom vegetables are used as an alternative to spinach, as Orach has a less bitter and more savory flavor when cooked or eaten fresh. Hardy Purple Orach or "Mountain Spinach" can also be grown during warmer conditions and won't go to seed as early!