by Promila Chaturvedi (Identified by Alastair Culham) (Inserted by J.M.Garg)


widely cultivated (possible origin s. Europe) (as per GRIN)

Atriplex hortensis, also known as garden orache, red orach, mountain spinach, French spinach, or simply orache or arrach, is a Eurasian species of plant in the amaranth family (for many years classified in the goosefoot family). It is native to Asia and Europe, and widely naturalized in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

Atriplex hortensis 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 leaves are variously shaped, but somewhat oblong, comparatively thin in texture, and slightly acidic to the taste; the flowers are small and obscure, greenish or reddish, corresponding in a degree with the color of the foliage of the plant; the seeds are small, black, and surrounded with a thin, pale-yellow membrane. They retain their vitality for three years.[10]
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 appear 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.[11] The green leaves were once used to color pasta in Italy. Another common use of orach is to balance out the acidic flavor of sorrel.[12]
(From Wikipedia on 11.10.15)

Plant for ID-PC-21-17.09.2015 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
The plant here is from Botanical Garden Warsaw. Please identify it.

It is difficult to arrive at the species level as the photographs are not clear. Nevertheless, my guess is ‘It could be a red Amaranthus or Iresine’

Atriplex hortensisRed Orache

It is Atriplex hortensis ‘Rubrum’
Very common leaf vegetable in Kashmir known as Vasta Haak
Both typical form with green or slight tinge of red and ‘Rubrum’ with totally red leaves are available



Atriplex hortensis from Kashmir-GSDEC2016/06 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

Atriplex hortensis L., Sp. Pl. 2: 1053. 1753.
Common names: Garden orache, Mountain spinach, French Spinach
Kashmir: Vasta Haak
Annual herb, stems often tinged red; with alternate or sometimes opposite leaves on up to 4 cm long petioles, blade ovate-lanceolate to cordate-hastate, green or tinged with red, entire, toothed or lobed; flowers in spikes often on leafless panicles; flowers unisexual, male 5-merous, female of two types, some with 5-partite perianth, others without perianth subtended by pair of bracteoles; seed compressed 3-4 mm.
Very popular in Kashmir as leafy vegetable. Photographed from Srinagar Kashmir.