Chenopodium Bonus Henricus - 250 Seeds - Good King Henry (Blitum) - Vegetable
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Chenopodium Bonus-Henricus - Good King Henry
Reaching up to around 40cm tall, this perennial has been grown in the British Isles for thousands of years as a potherb. Leaves are around 10cm long and broad, arrow-shaped, somewhat waxy the more mature they are. Flowers are produced on a spike up to 30cm tall during the summer months, small and yellow-green in colour.
Young leaves can be eaten raw or cooked, though it is advisable to cook them like spinach to break down saponins. Harvest leaves a few at a time. Young flowering shoots can also be cooked like asparagus.
Please note that people with medical issues such as rheumatism and kidney stones should take care with consumption of this plant, as it may aggravate their condition.
Hardy down to -10°C.