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March 30, 2010 / Malcolm Dalebö

Discover Good King Henry

A little know and much neglected crop is Good King Henry, also known as Poor-man’s Asparagus, Perennial Goosefoot, Lincolnshire Spinach or Markery, is a species of goosefoot which is native to much of central and southern Europe, but which can be grown in England as a perennial in warm areas or in colder regions as an annual.

(Chenopodium bonus henricus) Good King Henry is a perennial that grows to about 2 feet high.

The leaves can be cooked as spinach and they can be eaten raw in salads. The young shoots are very good tied together in bundles and cooked and eaten like asparagus.

Sow outdoors between late spring and late summer in rich soil.


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