A plant of the goosefoot family with leaves that are sometimes covered in a white mealy substance. Several kinds are edible and can be used as a substitute for spinach or sorrel.
- Genus Atriplex, family Chenopodiaceae: several species, in particular the common orache (A. hortensis), which is cultivated in some areas
- Spinach was a better green vegetable than the goosefoots, sorrels, orach, and similar plants which were widely used in medieval Europe, and gradually usurped their place.
- The plant can also be called mountain spinach, or orach.
- To the side I heaped up a pile of purple orach, and of course we set out piles of business cards and brochures along with an open photo album.
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