Good King Henry

Chenopodium

A rare perennial vegetable also known as “Mercury” and “Lincolnshire Spinach”. A native to Europe popular in the days of Robin Hood and friar Tuck. The long stalked, arrow shaped leaves have a mild flavor when cooked and are very nutritious. The early spring shoots can be cooked like asparagus and the seeds can be harvested and used in baking. Tolerant of shade. Propagated by seed and division. Hold off on harvesting leaves the first year so the plant can become well established. I highly recommend this perennial for being hardy and delicious to eat. Should be cooked before eating. Works well steamed, in soups and stir-fry.