This year I’m trying three different spinach (four if you count the not-spinach New Zealand spinach) – Monstreux de Viroflay, Bloomsdale, and Space.
My past favourite has been the French heirloom Viroflay. It has large leaves, germinates readily, is super tasty, and overwintered two years ago, much to my surprise. My one frustration is that it bolts so easily.
Bloomsdale is an heirloom variety I picked up from a local seed company. I wanted a spinach that was more adapted to my neck of the woods rather than France. It’s fine. I find it mediocre in every respect.
Space is a new-to-me variety that came recommended out of my readings and scribbled into my journal without a source. At any rate when I was seed shopping, I spotted the magical words “slow bolting.”
We’re 60 days from seeding under lights, transplanted out after Earth day, and as advertised, only the Space has not formed seed heads. Space spinach is the smallest of the three. I can’t say the taste beats the Viroflay, but I will be eating more of it for longer. It is an F1 hybrid so no seed saving.
I shall keep looking for a flavourful heirloom that is slow to bolt. Any suggestions?