Warrigal Greens – New Zealand Spinach


  • Tetragonia teragonoides
  • Seed Packets contains approx 30 seeds.
  • Open Pollinated. Untreated Seed

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Warrigal Greens – New Zealand Spinach

Warrigal Greens is native to eastern Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the “Warrigal greens” or “New Zealand spinach” is not a true spinach and was used as a spinach substitute during the early years of European settlement. An edible leafy green, the leaves are high in oxalic acid which must be boiled out before consumption.

Reaches a metre tall and up to 1.2 metres in spread, it likes to trail and will form a thick carpet and climb through other vegetation. Named for its four-angled fruits which mature to be hard to the touch and grow throughout the year.

While the leaves can be eaten raw, it is considered safer to cook in water due to its saponin and acidic content. Tasting similar to other spinaches, it can be used as an alternative in recipes and has also been used medicinally as an anti-inflammatory agent and a sedative.

Does not like repeated heavy frosts, grows naturally along coastal foreshores.

Sow – after risk of frost, approx October to mid-February (Cool Climate)

Spacing – 50cm

Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 14 to 18 C (around 7 to 14 days to germination, erratic germination if sown when soils are higher in temperature – Best germination rates sown to the outside temperatures outside of warmer months and not on a heat mat)

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