Red Orach

Red orach is an edible green in the amaranth family.  It is also known as ruby mountain spinach, as the leaves taste like a mildly salty spinach, though it’s easier to grow and prolifically self-seeds.


It has beautiful purple leaves with an underside of fuscia, providing a visual feast in the garden.




Seeds start out fuschia, lasting for months, then slowly fade to a golden tan and are used as grains in some countries. They’d have to be husked, though, a tedious job.

I glued on some of the seed pods to give the painting a three dimensional quality, also I like the idea of having a painting that can be planted.

Painting is oil on canvas, with seeds.