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Chenopodium giganteum (Magenta Spreen, Purple Goosefoot, Giant Lambsquarters is a very large annual leafy vegetable that grows over 8 feet tall. It is also known as Tree Spinach, though native to mountainous regions of India, it is easily cultivated other areas. It is a leafy green which tastes like very much like chard or spinach with a hint of asparagus when cooked. The best-tasting parts of the plant are the tender growing tips, which can be harvested continuously. Since the plant contains oxalic acid, it should be cooked in a steel pan, not in aluminum. This plant has edible seeds which can be cooked or ground into flour. The plant contains vitamins A, C, and K, and calcium, iron, phosphorus, and potassium. The plant grows well in full sun or partial shade. It is resistant to many pests and is easy to grow.
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